Sunday, April 5, 2009

Pad Thai

The Amazing Race's second pit stop in Thailand
adapted from a recipe found on

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dried flat rice noodles
  • 6 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons Asian chile pepper sauce (Sriracha, depending on spice tolerance)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp - peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups bean sprouts
  • 6 green onions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 cups bean sprouts

  1. Fill a large bowl with hot tap water and place the noodles in it to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, oyster sauce, chile sauce, chicken stock and peanut butter. Set aside.
  3. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat and add vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, stir in garlic and cook for about 10 seconds. Add shrimp and chicken; cook, stirring constantly until shrimp is opaque and chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Move everything in the wok out to the sides and pour the eggs in the center. Cook and stir the eggs until firm. Add the noodles to the wok and pour in the sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, until the noodles are tender. Add a bit more water if needed to finish cooking the noodles. Stir in 3 cups of bean sprouts and green onions. Remove from the heat and garnish with chopped peanuts. Taste for seasoning, adjusting the spice or lime juice if needed.
  5. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro and remaining bean sprouts and lime wedges on the side.

Notes: When I lived in Madison, I ate a ton of Pad Thai. I would order it from the Sukho Thai cart on Library Mall for lunch... at least once a week. Tim and I ate at the restaurant many, many times when we were first dating. (Googling it shows they closed in 2007--so sad.) I didn't think it would be this easy to make! Pad Thai traditionalists will note the lack of tamarind paste, but I think the flavor is pretty close to most Pad Thai I have had. These leftovers will make a great lunch.

Vegetarian/Vegan Option: replace the fish sauce with soy sauce, the oyster sauce with vegetarian "oyster" sauce, and the chicken and shrimp with tofu or additional veggies.

Tim's Rating: 10/10 (loved it)
Liz's Rating: 9.5/10


VeggieGirl said...

CLASSIC!!! Love a good Pad Thai dish.

cateskitchen said...

This looks absolutely perfect! I can't believe I'm still not sick of pad thai :)

Dunc said...

YUM - this sounds way better than my lame attempt. I think I'll try again with your version!

Elyse said...

Ooo, pad thai is totally one of my favorite dishes. I've never attempted to make it though; in fact, I've always been a bit intimdated. With this recipe sitting and staring at me right now, how could I not try? Thanks for sharing this!

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Maria said...

I have never made pad thai at home, great recipe! thanks!

Katie said...

OH YUM! Pad Thai is a favorite of mine! I'm with Tim giving it a 10/10! haha.

Jaime said...

Oh my gosh, I've been craving pad thai for the last couple of weeks now. I guess this is a sign I should make it for dinner one night soon.

Kerstin said...

Yum - looks amazing! I made pad thai once and it was a mess, so I'm going to bookmark this one and try again!

pinkstripes said...

YUM. I love pad thai.

Hat and Fappy! said...

I love pad thai but it really takes a lot of steps to make. I am craving it badly now!

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i've bookmarked half your blog!

i've got to try this!

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