Monday, March 17, 2014

Pad Thai


When Jess and I were living in Australia there was an awesome Thai restaurant down the street from us that was affordable and delicious. I think there are some great Thai places in Calgary but also feel that they are super expensive. This recipe was close to 30 bucks for ingredients but I could have probably made enough for 8 people so my attempt at affordable Pad Thai fell short. The nice thing was that I got to decide how much of the different ingredients I was going to get. This was loaded with chicken and shrimp.
I couldn't find Tamarind paste to make my own sauce so I had to use a packaged sauce. I added additional spice to create more flavour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package HaiKu "Authentic Pad Thai Sauce"
  • 1 package Thai rice noodles 250g
  • 1/2 lbs cooked and peeled shrimp (mine was unfrozen)
  • 1/2 lbs chicken breast cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh red chilies
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • lime wedges
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp of high smoke point oil
Optional:
  • chili sauce
  • fish sauce
  • soy sauce
Directions:
  1. I started by filling a large pot with water and setting it to boil.
  2. Chop the garlic and chili or throw in a small food processor and chop (you can also do this with the peanuts).
  3. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl.
  4. Heat one tsp of oil and fry the eggs and set them aside.
  5. In the same pan add the chicken and cook on high until it is nicely browned.
  6. Add some stock and the garlic/chili.
  7. Add the shrimp and Pad Thai sauce.
  8. Lower the temp and let it cook down for 4 or so mins.
  9. In the boiling water cook the noodles for 3-4 min (they should be a little chewy).
  10. Drain the noodles and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
  11. Add the green onion and noodles turning the temp back to high.
  12. Mix the noodles and fry until they are reheated.
  13. Add the bean sprouts and cook for another minute.
  14. Plate and garnish with cilantro, lime and peanuts.
  15. You can add the "optional" sauces to get the taste you are looking for.


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