What is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is a Thai stir-fried noodle dish with rice stick noodles, shrimp, chicken, fried tofu and eggs. It’s topped with crushed peanuts and served with fresh chives, lime wedges, with condiments such as sugar, fish sauce and chili powder on the side.
The noodles are cooked over high heat in a wok, with a sweet, savory, sour and spicy Pad Thai sauce. It is a popular street food in Thailand and sold by many street vendors. It’s also available in Thai restaurants.
What is in Pad Thai?
What are Pad Thai ingredients? The recipe calls for flat rice noodles (also labeled as rice sticks), fried tofu, bean sprouts, chicken and/or shrimp, peanuts and fresh limes. You can get the ingredients easily now from regular supermarkets and in the International food aisle.
Otherwise, you can buy them online or go to an Asian store.
What is Pad Thai Sauce Made of?
The sauce is the soul of the dish and you should make it from scratch. It calls for only five ingredients such as fish sauce, vinegar, chili powder, sugar and water. Mix the ingredients together to make the sauce.
There are many bottled sauces in the market but they don’t taste as good and not authentic because it’s loaded with chemicals, preservatives and MSG.
How to Prepare Dry Pad Thai Rice Stick Noodles?
There are many kinds of Pad Thai rice stick or flat rice noodles available in the market. They vary in their width so for the best Pad Thai, you want to use rice noodles that are about 1/10″ wide, as pictured above.
To prepare the fry rice noodles, follow the package instructions to boil them in hot water first. The rice noodles should be soft (but still chewy and not mushy) after boiling. Rinse the boiled noodles with cold running water before cooking.
Serve Pad Thai with:
For a wholesome and authentic Thai-style dinner at home, make the following dishes.
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Pad Thai is Healthy
My homemade Pad Thai recipe is healthy as it’s loaded with vegetables. It’s also low in calories at 357 calories per serving. It’s very easy to make and the taste is better than Thai restaurants or takeouts. Enjoy!