Monday, December 7, 2009

Pad Thai

I had made several versions of pad thai earlier but nothing gave as good results as this and I chanced upon this method and video at DelhiBelle's blog. Since then, I've made this quite a few times and it has always been very enjoyable - thanks DB. I rarely order Pad Thai in restaurants these days because some seem to have a very strong, fishy smell and it is such a turn off - so I just stick with my home-made version. A very useful tip I got from her blog was to do the frying in batches that will serve 1 to 2 at a time - this way, the noodles are fried evenly and do not get soggy.

PAD THAI (Vegetarian) - serves 4


For the Sauce:
Tamarind extract - 1 cup (soak tamarind in water and extract juice)
Soy sauce -2 tbsp
Jaggery - about 1 to 2 tbsp (or to taste)
Salt - to taste


Combine the above in a pan and allow to boil together, then simmer until it thickens a bit. Keep aside to use when frying the noodles.

For the Noodles:
Flat rice noodles (used for pad thai) - about 100 to 150 gms
Tofu - 2 cups, cubed and pan fried with a wee bit of oil & a sprinkle of salt
Bean Sprouts - 1 cup
Mixed shredded veggies e.g carrots, cabbage, spinach (optional), shredded - 1 cup total
Garlic chives - to taste (I didn't have this so used spring onions)
Garlic - 1 tbsp, minced
Shallots - 4 tbsp, chopped
Eggs - 3, beaten with a bit of salt & pepper
Red Chilli Flakes - 1 tbsp or more to taste
Dry roasted peanuts - 1/4 cup or so, to taste, crushed
Oil - 3 to 4 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Lemon wedges - to serve
Method: (do the following in 2 batches to serve 3 to 4 pple)
1) Soak the pad thai noodles in some warm water for about 30 minutes or so (or follow package directions). Ensure they are not too soft or they will turn soggy when fried.
2) Heat about 1.5 tbsp of oil in a big wok and add half the garlic, shallots and red chilli flakes, then add in half cup of the veggies using and stir fry on high heat till tender crisp. Add a bit of salt when doing this.
3) Next add about a cup of the pan fried tofu (cut into cubes) and the half of the softened noodles (drained completely). Stir fry this with a tbsp of water, if necessary, until it is soft.
4) Now add half of the beaten egg mixture and continue cooking and stirring until the eggs get scrambled and cooked along with the noodles. The pan should be really hot.
5) Now add half of the bean sprouts & about 3 tbsp of the sauce (can be adjusted after tasting) and continue to stir fry.
6) Finally add the chives/spring onions & the crushed peanuts before removing the pad thai off the flame. Serve with lemon wedges & more chilli flakes if desired for a delicious pad thai.


  1. at restaurants, i ask for my pad thai without the fish sauce and it works out well :)

  2. I never tried pad thai at home, had each and every whenever i go to thai restaurants, tempting dish , makes me hungry..

  3. Hey,thanks:)
    Glad it worked out well, looks really yummy

  4. new recipe to me.and looks so different.sure will taste yummy.great attempt

  5. ummm i gonna try this soon,..looks so yummy,.:-)

  6. looks so tempting...have never tried at home..looks like I should try it soon

  7. This sounds too good and simple too,sure have to try once,thanks for sharing :)

  8. Though Pad-thai haven't been my favorites at restaurants, your home-made version is tempting me to try for sure.. thats a great idea to try at home with our own veggies and spices.. :)

  9. Lovely pad thai..I do this without eggs..

  10. To be honest i havent tasted this yet and i so wanna make it after reading your post, will let you how it comes out :-)

  11. Just looking to the pic, i am drooling, looks so so super delicous.

  12. Looks so good. My favoritest Thai food in the whole world.

  13. looks so authentic and delicious..

  14. One of my favorite thai dishes. Great that you made at home.

  15. The pad thai looks delicious !

  16. wow it has so many goodies in the ingredients

  17. OMG I just love pad thai, urs looks delicious, yummooooo!!!

  18. first time here and i am happy i came ..
    the dish looks tempting n is a must try...i am book marking it...

  19. That looks perfect and so delicious, who couldn't love Pad Thai!

  20. Just tried this - thought I'd let you know how very much we liked it!

    1. Thank you Julie for letting me know - really appreciate it. So happy to hear you liked it :) I bought a big bag of sprouts yday with pad thai in mind.


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