It has been exactly 2 weeks since I moved. The packing and unpacking tasks are finally over! Probably still need final touch here and there. It’s a relief to have got everything done and try to settle in the new place!
Oh yeah, my broadband is up and running, (yey!!) else this post would not have been published! Well, I have been cooking. Even though I was kind of tired a few days after the move, but, I was quite motivated to cook some simple dishes (for dinner and lunch next day!)
One day, I was craving for a quick Asian stir-fry. And it has to be some kind of noodles. Not only that!! I don’t know the real reason for me to crave for spicy food these days. I probably have missed having spicy food for a long time! Then, it came to my mind that I have long missed this popular Thai dish – Pad Thai.
Pad Thai or Phad Thai (Thai fried noodles) needs no introduction! It’s one of the Thailand’s national dishes that everyone knows and loves! Pad Thai is a stir-fry dish of flat rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chilli, shrimps/chicken, tofu, bean sprouts and eggs. The main feature of Pad Thai? Well, it’s usually served with lime and crushed toasted peanuts. In most occasions, coriander is used as a garnish.
Pad Thai is a Thai street food that you can find at any corners from the street vendors. I personally think that Pad Thai is equivalent to the Char Kway Teow (fried flat noodles). Char Kway Teow is also one of the national dishes in Malaysia and Singapore. Moreover, Char Kway Teow is also a street food! There are only slight differences in ingredients and seasonings between Char Kway Teow and Pad Thai. Otherwise, both could look pretty similar.
As much as I love Char Kway Teow, Pad Thai is great too! It’s light and dry, very easy to tempt anyone who hasn’t tried or even those who have tried! I like my Pad Thai to be spicy. I think that brings the whole characteristic of Thai food – sweet, sour and spicy!! What a good combination that never fails to satisfy my hunger!
For the Pad Thai:
250g wide rice stick
juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp tamarind paste
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
2-3 tbsp sunflower oil
3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
500g prawns, shelled and deveined
2 eggs, beaten
60g firm tofu, cut into thin strips
1 tbsp thai chilli paste
200g bean sprouts
50g toasted peanuts, chunkily ground
2 spring onions, cut into 5cm lengthwise
lime wedges and coriander leaves to garnish
1. Soak noodles in a large bowl filled with warm water for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. In a bowl, mix lime juice, tamarind paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Put the oil to a wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and not brown. Add the prawns and cook until they turn pink.
3. Add the beaten eggs and scramble until almost cooked. Then, add the tofu. Stir in the softened noodles. Pout over the sauce mixture, toss to combine. Then, add the chili paste, stir and mix well.
4. Add the bean sprouts and spring onion, toss well and cook for 1 minute. Divide equal portion onto warm plates. Sprinkle with toasted crushed peanuts and coriander leaves. Serve with lime wedges.
yummy looking pad thai! Great pictures, love the first one!
WOW look at those pics!
Always love good fried noodles, yours a complete one, superb 🙂
humm, I love Pad Thai, beautiful photo too 🙂
That looks delicious.
Cool looking chop stick.
beautiful pad thai!! now you make me wanna to make one myself!! looking forward to your new kitchen:P
Both CKT n pad thai are my favourite! Sounds like the new kitchen has given you a lot of inspiration in cooking! Your pad thai looks so appetizing!
Yeay!.. you got internet.. 🙂
Your Pad Thai looks so yummy.. buat aku lapar la..
I love your Pad tai pictures Leemei, so colourful.
I’ll give this a try very soon..makes me hungry!
So beautiful!! I wanted to dig into that bowl of Pad Tai.
Hehe.. thanks for your kind words! 🙂
Thanks for dropping by and your comment! 🙂
Like you, I adore noodles 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!!
hehehe.. the new kitchen is better… not the best.. hopefully the best one will come one day!
I am like you, love these 2.. I guess growing up eating CKT, I just like the simplicity of it. Well, with the new kitchen, I am sure I will cook more delicious food. 🙂
Yeah, baru ja ada internet access. U selalu duk lapar ni.. I duk tunggu assam laksa hang ni. 😉
Thank you! I hope so far you have tried all my recipes 😛
Thank you! How I wish we could try each other’s food, this for you and I can try the chicken fingers 🙂
I have not had Pad Thai for a long time….
You made perfect Pad Thai!
I stumble upon your blog by chance and am mesmerized with all the malaysian dishes you cook. I am a Malaysian living in London too for the past 2.5 years and i love cooking and introducing malaysian dishes to my friends and work colleagues. I would love to exhcange emails with you and and it would be interesting to know where you get certain die hard ingredients to make the msian dishes more authentic. I had my mum couried stuff from malaysia inclusinf home made curry powder.
Hoping to hear from you soon
Thanks for sharing this recipe. I like all the ingredients you use like the lime, fish sauce, tamarind…pictures are so appetizing.
Strange thing about this dish is that I’d never had this before coming to the US!
Thank you! I haven’t had it for a long time too! That’s why I had a sudden crave for it.. cos in my hometown, this dish is very popular…as there there’s a Thai village near where I live… talking about this, I really miss all the food 🙁
Hey!! I am back online!! Luckily the broadband activation is pretty smooth.. BT got it spot on time! The only thing is that I wouldn’t have been without internet if my previous provider BE have got their exchange in this area 🙁
You just gave me a shot of inspiration with this recipe! There’s something immensely pleasing to me about being able to make popular street food dishes in my own kitchen. Beautiful photo and great post. Thanks for sharing this!
Thanks for your note. It’s great to know another Malaysian in London especially! Will be contact!
Thank you for your kind words and dropping by my blog!
great pics. i’ve never been brave enough to try making pad thai at home.
Pad Thai is one of my favorites. It has an amazing combination of flavours and textures. Nice photos!
WOW, all these comments :o) i love Pad Thai and this one looks AMAZING!!! 😀
gorgeous photography! I just bought some pad thai pastes not so long ago and your beautiful creations made me wanna try them soon!
Hi, nice post. I have been wondering about this topic,so thanks for writing. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your site.
You should try to make.. it’s easy. 🙂
I totally agree with you! Thanks for your compliment!
ehehe.. thank you!!
Thank you! I think you should try to make as it’s easy!
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Thanks for your kind words!
It’s 10:30pm now and I am seriously craving for Phad Thai after looking at this!! I am sooooo following you now! 🙂
eheheh…. you should try this and let me know!!
Try this Thai cooking website.
It’s got about 30 recipes each one with a cooking video to go along.
One of the video recipes is for pad thai
Thanks for that!
Beautiful photos! Pad Thai is one of my favorites. I will have to try this very soon.
Thank you for your comment! I love Pad Thai too. Try and let me know!
awesome recipe! just cooked it this week for dinner and it was great. just beware, it is extremely spicy! so i am going to tone down the chili paste next time! thanks!
Thanks for letting me know. Yes, it could be spicy for people who can't take spice.. so do tone down the chili paste! 🙂
thanks im gonna cook this today for dinner..love phad thai so much! nice photos
Thanks! Let me know how your Pad Thai turned out 🙂
There's another great recipe for a pad Thai at My Thai Beach Restaurants Santa Cruz Capitola if you are interested.
It looks like a great recipe and great photos too! I like to share it on my blog with my friends, thanks.
Thanks for dropping by.