Surprisingly simple Pad Thai recipe! This dish is SO SO tasty and it’s actually very easy to make. It requires minimal time, so if you’re in a rush this is perfect. All the ingredients are pretty easy to acquire, the only thing that’s a little difficult is the tamarind. I used tamarind juice concentrate for my recipe, which is what’s recommended. I believe there’s a tamarind paste but that’s too strong. Regardless, you definitely can’t take out the tamarind because that’s what really holds together this dish.
Again, what I love about these recipes is that there’s so much ease on the ingredients… if you’re vegetarian or even vegan, you can alter what you put in it! You can remove the chicken and just use tofu or you can even just do the noodles with no source of protein. You can even add some vegetables if you want, anything you’d like!! As long as you have the sauce, which is a combination of tamarind juice concentrate, fish sauce, lemon juice, and sugar; That’s what really makes this dish Pad Thai.
Unfortunately, a lot of restaurants tend to add ketchup these days because it adds a little more color to the dish and also extra (but unnecessary) sweetness. It’s so sad to see these Thai dishes become so Americanized… I’m so glad I can share all these recipes with you all because these are recipes that my grandparents have made back in Thailand so these are the original ingredients and recipes, which is what I love.
A fun thing I like to do at the end is to decorate my plate. I like to put my Pad Thai towards one side of the plate and then leave a strip of section for some peanuts, a handful of bean sprouts, and some chili! I’ll have all the ingredients listed down below and my youtube video for more details on how to make this!
Hope you guys get to trying to out this recipe and have fun!
- 1/2 cup diced tofu
- 1/3 cup cubed chicken
- 1 medium sized shallot, chopped
- 1 tsp picked radish
- 2 tsp dried shrimp
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- chopped peanuts
- handful of dried rice noodles
- 1 scallion chopped
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp tamarind sauce
- 2 1/2 tbsp of sugar
- 1 egg
Here’s my video for all the details! :