Pad Thai Recipe

Pad Thai – The King Of Street Food

Pad Thai is a stir fried rice noodle dish that is most commonly served and eaten as street food in many local eateries scattered throughout Thailand. The locals love the dish and it is one of the staples of the Thai diet. Not only is the dish incredibly flavorful and delicious, but it is also one of the cheapest dishes that you can get in Thailand. Whenever I have a crave for pad Thai, I’d love to prepare for everyone in my family as they are equally delighted with my recipe.

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The flavor of pad Thai

pad ThaiThe flavor of pad Thai is one of the most unique flavor in food, as it is flavored with ‘fish sauce’ that is originated from Thailand.  Many people cannot pinpoint why they love about pad Thai because it is such a unique experience. Some of the other ingredients that can be found in this dish are; shrimp, garlic, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, and it is usually also served with cut up limes. Another popular addition to this dish is chopped up peanuts on the top of it. Because of this, it is best if you are allergic to peanuts to avoid pad Thai or ask for it without peanuts. A lot of the times, people also add meat to the dish. It usually can be offered with chicken, fresh shrimp, crab, or as a vegetarian dish.

The flavor of pad Thai is unique due to the diversity of ingredients required mostly only available in Asia. There is literally nothing that can compare to pad Thai. If you have ever eaten it, you likely can recall what it tastes like without having to experience it again, but it can be extremely hard to put into words. It is simply an amazingly flavorful dish.

Pad Thai actually became very popular during World War 2. Since then. It has become a national dish of Thailand. Many vendors now include pork in their pad Thai dishes as chopped up meat. However, this type of recipe was not always accepted by the locals due to it being considered a “Chinese” meat. Therefore, many food vendors are still prepared by following the traditional pad Thai recipe for this reason. It is an extremely fast meal to prepare and eat. It is also very nutritious because it does contain a lot of fresh herbs, vegetables and other ingredients that have a good amount of nutrition in them.

Pad Thai also features a wide variety of textures that make it an absolute joy to eat. You will experience some soft noodles as well as some crunching from the fresh vegetables such as bean sprouts. You will also experience a sour flavor that really mixes well with the sweetness of the dish itself since most pad Thai is served along with a wedge of lime.

Thai food, particularly pad Thai has received an amazing reputation amongst the Western and Eastern world as one of the most diverse and flavorful cuisines on the planet. It constantly receives high praises from food critics around the world due to it’s complexities, affordability, and range of flavor. If you haven’t experienced Thai food in general, try this pad Thai recipe and you will not be disappointed.


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Pad Thai Recipe
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 2
The kind of street food
  • 230 g Thai rice noodles 120g of dry rice noodles will become 250g after soaking
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 30 g onion chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 70 g chicken meat cut into thin slices
  • 75 g bean sprout
  • 20 g fish sauce
  • 2 tsp tamarind paste
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 stalk chinese chive cut into 1 cm lenfth
  • 30 g tofu firm tofu is preferred, cut to small cubes
  • 2 tsp dried chili pepper
  • 50 g chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut roasted, coursely chopped, as garnish and mix with the noodles before eating
  • 1 lime cut to wedges st serve and as garnish
  • 1-2 stalk chinese chive
  • 1 tbsp dried chili pepper as garnish as well as to adding to the noddles
Rice noodle
  1. Put the noodles in a large container. Pour sufficient hot water into the bowl and ensure the noodles are completely submerged in the water.
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  3. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it become flexible, but still solid. Remove and drain away the water. Rinse the noodles with cold water to stop further cooking by the residual heat.
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  1. Add the vegetable oil into the wok. When the oil is heated up, tip in the garlic and onion. Saute over low heat.
  2. Add the chicken meat. Stir-fry until the meat is cooked.
  3. Push the food to the side of the wok. Crack an egg into the wok. Keep stirring the egg until it is half cooked. Add the noodle to the egg and let the egg coat onto the noodles.
  4. Add half of the beansprouts, fish sauce, dried chili pepper, tamarind juice and sugar.
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  6. Turn to high heat. Add the Chinese chive. Toss and stir-fried quickly to avoid the pad Thai from sticking to the wok.
  7. Turn off the heat. Add the remaining half of the bean sprouts.
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  9. Spoon out onto plates. Served along with crushed peanuts, more dried chili pepper. Garnish with wedges of lime and a stalk of Chinese chive.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 614g Calories: 897 Fat: 46g Saturated fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 78g Sugar: 13g Sodium: 3g Fiber: 5g Protein: 47g Cholesterol: 307mg

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Pad Thai Recipe was last modified: December 25th, 2017 by KP Kwan


  • KP Kwan

    Reply Reply June 3, 2016

    Hi, this is KP Kwan. I am happy to see you at this comment area, as you have read through my recipe. I am happy to reply any questions and comments as soon as possible.

  • sinbe

    Reply Reply March 16, 2018

    Hi KP Kwan
    I cooked a vegetarian version by substituting fish sauce with soy sauce and omitting the chicken. It was sedap!

    • KP Kwan

      Reply Reply March 17, 2018

      HI Sinbe,
      That is a good one.
      A recipe is only a guideline. Make changes by all means.
      KP Kwan

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