To me, Pad Thai has got to be one of the greatest things on the planet. I am a big fan. I am the 12-year-old girl to its Justin Bieber.
It is also something that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I’ve held off until now, because I am the first person to admit I know nothing about Thai cuisine (other than it is awesome). Many of the recipes I’ve found included a laundry list of ingredients; I have no idea what most of them are and I have no idea where my nearest Asian grocery store is (I live in the middle of nowhere and our ethnic food scene ranges from Chinese Take Out to Standard Italian Restaurant).
So you can imagine how overjoyed I was when I found this recipe. “No weird ingredients”….which translates into stuff I can find in my supermarket.
I did wonder, “Will it be good? Are the “weird ingredients” really what makes or breaks the dish?”
Perhaps they are…. but my Pad Thai still came out really delicious!
The only major changes I made was that I think I doubled the amount of Siracha (if you can’t stand the heat, don’t eat in my kitchen), I added bean sprouts (yum) and I added the peanuts into the stir fry about a minute before I took it off the heat. It gave the dish a slightly nuttier taste, which I like.
As previously mentioned, I don’t know the first thing about Thai food. I think that more authentic Pad Thai dishes have a more mild peanut taste and that their more Americanized counterparts taste more strongly of peanut butter. If this deduction is accurate then I would recommend that people who like Pad Thai to scream PEANUTS should add more peanuts. I found the peanut flavor to be somewhat subtle.
Also, I needed to cook my noodles for more than 1 minute when I added everything together. I probably cooked everything for an additional 10 minutes, but I am not sure I soaked my rice noodles in enough water, so I perhaps that is why.
When serving, make sure you put some lime wedges on the plate. Not only is it pretty, but squeezing them over the noodles gives a really nice last hit of flavor!
I really like to make my own Asian dishes, because I know that you can run into a lot of MSG with take out. Especially when something is so easy and fun to make, why not? Give it a try and let me know how yours came out! I’d love to hear feedback.
Happy Eating 🙂