Pad Thai

Pad Thai

“This recipe is the closest I’ve found to what I get at my favorite Thai
restuarant in Denver. I usually double the recipe because I’ve never
served more than 2-3 people on one batch and I love the leftovers.”

Serves 6 to 8

1/2 pound dried rice noodles 1/8 inch wide
Warm Water
1/2 pound shrimp, chicken, pork or combination
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon paprika ( you can use ketchup but it is NOT the same i.e.
please don’t )
4 green onions
1/2 cup vegetable oil (more if needed for step six)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
2 eggs
3/4 pound bean sprouts
ground roasted chilies (see note at bottom)
ground unsalted roasted peanuts
Lime wedges

  1. Soak noodles for 20-25 minutes in enough warm water to cover them.
    They should be flexible and soft, but not so soft that they can be mashed
    easily with the fingers. Later cooking in liquid will soften them more.
    Drain them throughly in a colander while preparing the other ingredients.
    Traditionally they are left in full-length strands, but you may cut them
    into 8 inch lengths if you find it easier to stir-fry then that way.

  2. Peel and devein the shrimp leaving the tails intact(or remove if preferred)
    Slice chicken, pork into 1/8 inch strips 1-2 inches long.

  3. Mix the fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, and paprika in a bowl and stir until
    the sugar dissolves. Set aside. Slice green onions both the green and white
    parts, diagonally into 1-1/2 inch long pieces. Set aside.

  4. Heat a wok, add the oil and swirl over the surface. Add the garlic and stir
    fry until light golden. Add the meat and stir-fry until shrimp is pink. If
    using chicken or pork stir-fry until pink disappears. Add the noodles and
    toss lightly to coat with oil and the distribute meat and garlic( I often
    do this in a larger pot since things tend to come out of the wok).

  5. Add the liquid from step 3 and bring it to a boil rapidly, gently
    folding the noodles without breaking them. Reduce heat to medium and
    boil the mixture, folding frequently until the noodles have absorbed the
    liquid(I find a pasta server works great for this step).

  6. Lift the noodles gently from one side of the wok. Pour a little oil
    along the side of the wok, then break the egg ad slip it into the oil.
    Break the yolk and cover the egg with the noodles immediately. Repeat
    this on the opposite side with the other egg. Allow eggs to cook
    undisturbed, over moderate heat until they are set and almost dry.
    Additional oil may by added if the eggs or the noodles begin to stick to the

  7. When the eggs are set and almost dry, fold them gently but rapidly into
    the noodles. Try not to break the noodles, which will be soft and fragile
    at this point. An effective way is to insert the scoop under the eggs, lift
    it through, and fold the mixtureover. Continue the lifting and folding
    motion until the eggs are broken up and well distributed.

  8. Add the green onions (and bean sprouts if you prefer them mixed in)
    and toss the entire mixture quickly and gently, stll avoiding breaking
    the noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes or until onions are tender.

  9. Take a large platter spread with bean sprouts(if you left them out
    above). Spread Pud Thai from wok over top. Sprinkle ground chilies(see
    note) and ground peanuts over the top and squeeze lime over the top.
    Or serve toppings seperatly for each diner to add according to taste.

Variation: Omit shrimp pork and or chicken and ignore instructions
for them. Substitute 1/4 pound tofu and 1/4 pound dried shrimp. Put the
tofu on a triple layer of paper towels, cover it with another layre
of triple towels, put a plate on top of that and a 2-pound can on the plate.
Let stand for 20-30 minutes to press out the excess water. Put the
dried shrimp in a sieve, rinse them quickly under hot running water
and set them aside to drain. After tofu has been pressed, slice into
1/4 inch cubes. Add the tofu and shrimp in step 5 of the instructions.

Note on chilies: Buy whole dried chiles and grind since pre-ground often
lack the “bite” of whole ones. Thai chilies may be used (VERY hot),
or milder American chiles may be used. The Thai chilies are know as
Prig hang. They may also be found in Mexican food sections under the
name “Chilies Arbol”. Use sparing if you aren’t used to them they
are quite potent.

Source: Thai Home Cooking From Kamolmal’s Kitchen by William Crawford
and Kamolmal Pootaraksa - Reprinted on USENET - 1996