What is Pad Thai? – Easy Pad Thai Recipe and Sauce

Pad Thai
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What is Pad Thai?

You might hear “Pad Thai” from many cooking TV shows when they mention about Pad Thai recipe, but what exactly is it? Pad Thai is a famous dish in Thailand that originally comes from China. At first, the name was “ก๋วยเตี๋ยวผัดไทย (kuay tiew pad thai)” shorter as Pad Thai. This menu started around World War II, at that time the rice was too expensive from the world’s economic crisis, therefore, people turned to eat more noodles instead.

What does Pad mean in Thai?

Pad means stir fry, there are many dishes from Thai cuisine that have “Pad” in the name such as Pad Grapao, Pad Pak, and Khao pad. Thai is from Thailand

Pad Thai Recipe

  • Vegetable oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Chopped shallots – 2 Tbsp
  • Minced garlic – 2 Tbsp
  • Chopped sweet radish – 3 Tbsp
  • 5 fresh shrimps (peeled and make a shallow cut along the back)
  • Yellow tofu (Cut into small pieces) 1/2 cube
  • Tamarind juice – 3 Tbsp
  • Palm sugar – 2 &1/2 Tbsp
  • Fish sauce – 4 Tbsp
  • Cayenne pepper (Dried chili flakes) – 2 Tsp
  • Rice Noodle (soaked in water until soft) 200 grams
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 Chives (cut into pieces)
  • Bean sprouts
  • Ground Roasted Peanuts
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Lime

How to make Pad Thai sauce?

  • Add palm sugar, water, and tamarind juice
  • Let it melt in medium heat, and keep stirring until it turns to darken color (not burned), and add fish sauce at the end

How to make Pad Thai

  1. Stir fry chopped shallots and yellow tofu together and rest in on the side
  2. Fry 5 fresh shrimps, chopped sweet radish, and minced garlic together and rest it on the side
  3. Set medium heat and add rice noodles (soaked in water until soft) and 1/2 cup of water, stir fry until the noodle is soft then add Pad Thai sauce, cayenne pepper, and cooked shrimps on the pan
  4. Add a little bit of oil and egg to mix with Pad Thai
  5. Add bean sprouts and chives and serve on a plate with lime, ground roasted peanuts, and cayenne pepper as garnishes