Thursday, December 29, 2005

After searching for pad thai recipes and finding none that looked quite right, I edited a couple of them together and came up with this:

oil (around 1/4 cup)
3 cloves minced garlic
2-4 chopped shallots

1/2-3/4 pound cooked peeled shrimp (thawed)

1 package rice stick noodles (about1/8 inch wide)
2 scrambled eggs

1 tbs brown sugar
1 tbs rice vinegar
3-5 tbs fish sauce (I use Tiparos)
1-2 tbs chili-garlic sauce (Lee Kum Kee or Truong-ot) (T-O is spicier)

chopped cilantro
chopped peanuts (unsalted)
chopped scallions
Jalapeno slices
lime wedges
bean sprouts

Chop the garnishes.

Make the sauce.

Soak the noodles for 3-5 minutes in boiling water until they're tender. Rinse cold and set aside.

Saute the garlic and shallots in the oil. Add the shrimp, and cook until it's almost hot (remember, they're already cooked, you don't want them to get tough). Throw in the noodles, the sauce, and the scrambled eggs and stir it all up. Cook until hot and serve.

Sprinkle it with all the garnishes. The lime juice is the most important though, it adds a lot of flavor.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That doesn't sound like how it's made in Thailand. I like the pad thai recipe at It has step-by-step pictures too.

11:47 PM  
Blogger jason said...

Actually, it sounds quite a lot like how it's made in Thailand. That is, if the recipe at Thaitable is anywhere near authentic. Did you read it by the way? It's almost exactly the same as what I have posted.

I skip the tofu because I'd rather have more shrimp. I use brown sugar and vinegar instead of sugar and tamarind because real tamarind is a pain in the ass. I add chili garlic sauce because I like it spicier (and I've had it spicier in Thailand). I sub scallions for chinese chives because they're nearly identical and much easier to shop for. I skip preserved turnip (where the fuck am I gonna get that?) And I use peanuts instead of cashews (note that the thaitable recipe says that the REAL recipe uses peanuts but they sub cashews for health reasons.)

Their recipe looks decent. I'll probably scope them out for some other thai recipes. Thanks for the link.

8:25 PM  

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