Pad Thai is super delicous! And much easier to create at home that you think. You just need to make sure you have the right store cupboard ingredients in your pantry and you can make this whenever you like!
The essential ingredients are fish sauce, tamarind paste, peanuts, rice noodles (or rice sticks) and lime. Once you have these, you can pretty much add anything to the noodles you like! I have used chicken and prawns in this recipe as I always have large prawns in my freezer and happened to have a chicken breasts spare too. But why not use tofu, beef or just veggies? So tasty!
Recipe (serves 2)
2 tbsp oil
Rice noodles, about 60g per portion
1 chicken breast
12 large king prawns
3 cloves of garlic
2 red chillies
2 tbsp fish sauce
5 tbsp tamarind paste, mixed with 2 tbsp water
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar or palm sugar
1 red onion
2 spring onions
Start by prepping your noodles. Cook your noodles as to the instructions on the pack, some say soak in hot water and some say boil for 3 minutes until softened. When cooked, drain and rinse under cold water and leave to one side.
Next, prep all your ingredients. Slice the chicken into small pieces. Crush your garlic, finely chop your red chilli, cut your carrot into matchsticks and slice your onion. Roughly chopped the peanuts and slice your spring onions, leaving all to one side.
Heat up a wok or large frying pan and add the oil. Add the garlic and chilli and cook for a minute. Add in the chicken and stir fry until cooked. Next add in the onion and carrot, cook again for 2 minutes. Add in the prawns and cook further until starting to turn pink.
Move all the ingredients to the side of the wok and crack in your eggs. Stir well and cook until scrambled, then you can mix it in through the rest of the ingredients.
Add in your cooked rice noodles and half of the peanuts and stir well.
Next, add the fish sauce, tamarind and water mix, soy sauce, juice of 1 lime sugar and stir well, until well mixed through.
Serve garnished with the spring onions, the rest of the peanuts, lime wedges and some extra chilli if desired. Enjoy!