Thailand’s Best Pad Thai (Stir-fried noodles) Recipe!
Prepare Pad Thai Sauce for 2 Servings
2 Big tbsp. of palm sugar
3 tbsp. concentrated tamarind juice
3 tbsp. fish sauce
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
Prepare Ingredients to Cook the Noodles
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tbsp. minced shallot
1 tbsp. minced garlic
2 tbsp. cut yellow tofu
1 tbsp. sweet radish (minced)
2 handful thin noodle if you can’t find the specific one, just use any noodle, mung bean noodle is also good. (Soak the noodle in regular water for 2 hours)
1 handful of a garlic-like vegetable -> garlic Chives/ Chinese Chives.
10 big shrimp (peeled, De-veined and cooked)
Final Pad Thai Decoration
1 handful bean sprouts
1 tsp. dried red chili powder
2 tbsp. roasted peanut (crushed)
1 tsp. sugar
4-5 branches of Uuicnri leaves/ garlic Chives/ Chinese Chives.
1 piece of sliced lime
1. Heat the pan and add palm sugar, fish sauce, tamarind juice, oyster sauce and a little bit of water. Now used medium or low heat to let the sauce boil and thicken. Keep stirring. Make sure you don’t burn the sauce. Golden pad Thai is good pad Thai. Be careful, it will be bitter if you use the maximum heat and burn it.
2. Taste the sauce and make it the way you like. Some people really love it to be sweeter and some just love it a little more salty but the trick of Pad Thai sauce is the proper balance of 3 tastes: sweetness, sourness, and saltiness. So change it the way you like. If you like it sweet, keeping the taste the way it is will be the right taste for you. However, my trick is to add some Maggi brand soy sauce to make it saltier as my husband loves it that way.
3. When the sauce gets thick enough, remove from the stove.
Next, We Will Cook the Pad Thai Noodles
1. In a different pan, heat the pan and add vegetable oil. When the pan is hot, add garlic and shallot Fry until it has a nice aromatic smell.
2. Next, add tofu and sweet radish.
3. Now, add noodles and 4 tbsp of the sauce we made earlier. (that’s for 1 serving). You can keep adding the sauce if the amount of the noodles is more than one handful. Make sure you don’t add too much because the noodles will be too wet and overcooked. (add it little by little) Then, make a quick stir.
You may want to pick the noodles out and taste them to see if the noodles are cooked properly.
4. If you like the bean sprouts and the sliced garlic Chives/ Chinese Chives to be cooked, add it in this step.
5. Push the noodles aside. Add the egg and cook it until it is halfway done then mix it with the noodles. Now add shrimp and mix.
6. Turn off the fire. Arrange the noodles on a plate. Put dried chili pepper, sugar, roasted peanut, fresh bean sprouts, one piece of lemon and the garlic Chives/ Chinese Chives on the side.
Another option for Pad Thai is to make an omelet from duck’s eggs. Make it as thin and as big as possible. Put the noodles in the middle of the omelet. Fold four sides then put another plate on top. Turn it upside down. Decorate it with bean sprouts, the genus Allium or scallion, dried chili powder, sugar, peanut, and one piece of lemon.
We call this Pad Thai with an omelet in the Thai language, “Pad Thai Kai Ho.” Pad Thai is a classic Thai Food dish and one that we eat a lot – a couple of times per month at least. Tourists, when they come to Thailand know “Pad Thai” from the Thai food restaurants in their home country.
Pad Thai Variation: Pad Mee Chai Ya
Our friend Darren seems to be far more adventurous than us in taking images of food he and his wife Aorn order! Here is a variation of Pad Thai that many people love (us included). We first had this Pad Me Chai Ya in the small province of Ang Thong Thailand north of Bangkok by about 100 km. (62 miles).
The main difference is the addition of some other ingredients like shrimp paste and ground chilis are added. There is also coconut milk which gives it a nice sweet taste. The result is this Southern Thailand dish which began in Chaiya Thailand (where Suan Mokkh Temple is) and is even more delicious once you prepare your mouth for it!
Oops, BONUS – Below is a video of me making Pad Thai another time – this was the best Pad Thai my husband said he ever ate!