Pad thai is a classic Thai dish that you eat combined with rice noodles. The typical spicy taste of the pad thai is a favourite in Thailand.
What is Pad Thai?
Pad thai is a popular stir-fried noodle dish from the Thai cuisine and is made with rice noodles, shrimp, chicken or tofu, peanuts, a scrambled egg and bean sprouts. A delicious pad thai sauce is added to this. It tastes spicy, sweet, salty and slightly sour. Roughly translated, pad thai means ‘fried in a Thai way’.
Where does pad thai come from?
One theory is that pad thai is not originally a Thai-, but a Vietnamese dish. Inhabitants of Thailand call the dish Kway Teow Pad. Kway Teow means rice noodles in Chinese and many residents of Thailand acknowledge pad thai as a Chinese dish.
What are varieties of pad thai?
You can prepare pad thai in different ways:
- with chicken, shrimp, beef or pork
- vegetarian, with tofu
- with or without egg
- beef, pork and shrimp can be combined very well with tofu as well
With this recipe you can easily make pad thai with chicken yourself.
Pad Thai with chicken
- 200 gr rice noodles dried
- 2 shallots finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 350 gr chicken thigh cut into cubes
- 100 gr bean sprouts
- 30 g peanuts unsalted
- 3 eggs whisked
- 20 gr Chinese chives finely chopped
Pad thai sauce
- 4 tbsp tamarind
- 80 ml fish sauce
- 80 gr palm sugar or brown sugar
- 160 ml chicken stock
- 30 ml soy
- 1 tsp sriracha the more, the spicier
- pinch white pepper
Pad thai sauce
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Add white pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Follow the instructions on the package to prepare the noodles.
- Heat oil in a wok or frying pan, add the whisked eggs and make a scrambled egg. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in the same pan at medium heat. Saute the shallots and garlic in the pan for 1 minute. Then add the chicken and fry until brown.
- Add the noodles to the pan and stir well. Then add the pad thai sauce and fry for another 2 minutes.