Pad Thai is another popular Asian dish made with rice noodles. Even though it is really a Thai dish, it is seen in many menus of many Asian restaurants that are not even Thai because of it's popularity. It can be made with any meat or shrimp or even vegetarian. My favorite is made with shrimp. As far as the recipe, there are many floating on the Internet and they all vary according to personal taste. When I lived in Thailand, I usually got this from either a street vendor who cooked this in front of me or at food courts in malls where I could also watch how they make this. My version is simplified with what is available to me in my area and my taste. Here is the recipe:
1 package rice noodles, (I use fresh ones)
12 medium shrimps (peeled and deveined)
2 TBS oil
1 1/2 TBS Thai chili paste (see picture below)
a handful of bean sprouts
2 TBS roasted peanuts, chopped
1 tsp sugar
1 medium onion
1 Cup chopped fried tofu
1 TBS salted radish (optional)
green onions and lime wedges for garnish
fish sauce to taste
Have all the ingredients ready.
Soak the noodles in warm water.
Heat up the oil and stir fry onions and salted radish for a few minutes.
The chili paste I use. I like using this because it already has all the seasonings I need for pad Thai such as tamarind etc. You can also find Pad Thai paste in your Asian grocery stores and online.
Add shrimp and the chili paste and stir fry for a few min..
Scramble an egg on the side.
Add bean sprouts but leave some to add to your plate later as well..
Add the rice noodles and mix well.
Add sugar, fish sauce, green onions and peanuts. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
Put it on a plate, add more raw bean sprouts and lime if you like and Enjoy!!!!