A New Idea for an Old Holiday

Romantic dinners at candle light, roses, chocolates, diamonds and pearls.  All of these things are classic Valentine’s Day traditions to court your significant other.  Why not try something new this year?  Let’s send our taste buds on a trip to South East Asia for some Pad Thai.

My name is Kristen and I recently spent some time in Thailand for mission work.  Their traditional dish is Pad Thai and it is absolutely incredible.  During my month there I was able to be able to buy a huge bowl of it on the side of the road from a local woman for about $1 USD.  It is a bit more expensive here in the United States but still worth it.

Here is the recipe for those of you daring enough to try creating it on your own.  I made it and it was definitely a nostalgic experience for me and tasted almost exactly like the real thing.

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INGREDIENTS:IMG_2403

  • 12 ounces of dried rice noodles
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
  • ¼ cup of fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves cut into thin strips
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of minced garlic
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup coarsely ground peanuts
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • ½ cup of chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place rice noodles in a large bowl and cover with several inches of room temperature water; let soak for 30 to 60 minutes. Drain. (This is a must)IMG_2397
  2. Whisk sugar, vinegar, fish sauce, and tamarind paste in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil and minced garlic in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Stir in eggs; scramble until eggs are nearly cooked through, about 2 minutes. Add cooked chicken breast slices and rice noodles; stir to combine.  The wok the ideal choice.
  5. Stir in tamarind mixture, 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, and salt; cook until noodles are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in peanuts; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Garnish with bean sprouts, chives, paprika, and lime wedges.
  6. ENJOY and comment on the recipe!

I am attaching this video that will help you to see exactly how this traditional Thai dish is made.  I recommend watching it to discover more about Thai cooking culture.

http://allrecipes.com/video/775/authentic-pad-thai/?internalSource=picture_play&referringId=222350&referringContentType=recipe

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