Pad Thai

A delicious meal of stir-fry noodles with your choice of chicken, shrimp or pork.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces

1/2 (16oz) pack of fresh rice noodles or (or dried noodles soaked for 20 minutes)

1/4 firm tofu or cutlet, medium diced

1 tbsp chopped garlic

2 eggs, beaten

2 tbsp dried shrimp

1 tbsp salted Chinese radish, chopped

1/4 cup chive leaves, cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts

1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts

1/4 cup water or chicken stock

2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

Pinch of salt and pepper

1/4 cup Pad Thai sauce OR make it yourself (see below)

Do It Yourself Pad Thai Sauce:

2 tbsp fish sauce

1 tbsp palm sugar

2 tbsp tamarind juice (concentrate)

1/4 cup Sriracha sauce

In sauce pan, combine all ingredients and cook on low heat until sugar dissolves, remove from heat, set aside until ready to use or cover and refrigerate (will last for one week).

Preparation:

Heat the wok on high, add one tbsp oil, garlic, and chicken. Sauté about one minute seasoned with salt and pepper, remove and set aside. In the same wok, add one tbsp oil to hot wok, then add dried shrimp, tofu, salted radish and sauté for one minute.

Add noodles and water or stock, stir in Pad Thai sauce and chicken. Sauté noodles until well coated, push to one side of the wok. Add remaining oil and eggs in to the empty side of pan and fold all ingredients together and sauté about 2 minutes. Add bean sprouts and chive leaves, then remove from heat.

Serve with crushed roasted peanuts and wedge of lime and extra bean sprouts.

P.J.’s Tip: Most Thai food is served with condiments and dipping sauce (chopped chili, garlic, fish sauce and lime juice). Noodle dishes are served with roasted ground chili, sugar, white vinegar, chopped chili in vinegar and fish or soy sauce, as well as fresh vegetables.

PJ made my mom’s birthday dinner awesome!

My mom loves Asian food, so this year for her birthday I decided to make a special dinner for her. I wasn’t sure what to make, but PJ gave me some great ideas and helped me find all the ingredients in her store. I cooked some delicious Pad Thai, and my mom was super impressed! Thanks again, PJ.

–  Mason Toney

 

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