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Friday, January 4, 2013

Pad Thai


Ingredients & Cooking Directions for Pad Thai

Estimated Servings: 4

Step 1: Prepare the noodles

1 package of rice noodles
8 cups warm water

Soak the noodles in warm water for about 15-20 minutes or until the noodles are soft.

Step 2: Make the sauce

½ cup tamarind liquid
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
½ cup palm sugar
1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce

Turn your stove on medium heat and add the palm sugar and water into a small pot or pan. Carefully stir the sugar around to break it up and allow it to complete dissolve in the water. Once the sugar has dissolved, pour in the tamarind liquid, oyster sauce, and fish sauce mixing everything well. Cook the sauce until slightly thickened, remove it from the heat and strain out all of crystallized sugar pieces. Finally stir the garlic chili sauce and set everything aside.

Step 3: Cook Pad Thai

4 tablespoons cooking oil
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped shallot
½ cup cubed firm tofu 
¼ cup small dried shrimp
1/3 pound cubed chicken breast
1/3 pound shrimp, peeled & deveined
1/3 cup water
2 large eggs
½ cup chopped garlic chives
½ cup bean sprouts

Put the dried shrimp in a food processor and chop it up into a fine consistency. Then turn your stove on high heat and add in 2 tablespoons of oil, shallots, garlic, dried shrimp, tofu and chicken into a large wok or pan. Stir fry the tofu and chicken for about 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and the tofu is lightly golden brown. Then add in the shrimp and cook it for about 2-3 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Now pour everything into a bowl and set it aside. Next turn your stove on high heat and add in 2 tablespoons of oil to the same pan you cooked the tofu and meats in. Add the noodles to the pan and pour in half of the sauce you prepared earlier. Stir fry the noodles until they are coated with the sauce. Now add in some water 1 tablespoon at a time to the noodles until they are your desired consistency. Push the noodles to the side of the pan and crack your eggs in the center of the pan. Then scramble the eggs and mix them up with the noodles. Next, add in the cooked shrimp, chicken, tofu and the other half of the sauce to the noodles and toss everything until well combined. Finally add the chives and bean sprouts at the very last minute and toss it with the noodles.

Step 4: Assemble the dish

½ cup bean sprouts 
½ cup chopped garlic chives
½ cup chopped roasted peanuts
Lime wedges


Arrange the noodles on a serving plate and top it off with some chives, bean sprouts, and peanuts. Before eating, squeeze in some lime juice.

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