Pad Thai is one of the most famous dishes in all of Thailand and throughout America. The dish contains a perfect balance between different spices and textures. Pad Thai was the dish of choice by Megan throughout our time in Thailand, and she still orders it every time we go out in the States. Variety is the spice of life, right? Well, not for Meg.
Cost & Ingredients
Total Cost: $14 (If you don't have any of the ingredients)
Serving Size: 4 servings (2 Meg & Kyle servings)
Ingredients (Main Dish):
- 2 eggs
- 8 ounces rice noodles
- 2 large chicken breasts
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 2 Serrano chili (depending on spice preference)
- 3 stalks of green onion
- 1 bushel of cilantro
- 6 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 3 tbsp Sriracha
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 large lime
- 1/2 cup of peanuts
Step 1 - Cook the noodles
Cooking rice noodles is different than ordinary pasta because it's soaked in hot water for an extended period of time (typically 25-30 minutes). To start, get enough water boiling that will completely immerse the noodles. Once the water has boiled:
- Put all of your noodles in a large bowl/pot that
- Pour over the boiling water. Ensure that all noodles are fully immersed in water
- Cover the bowl/pot
- Set the time for 25 minutes & stir the noodles every 2-3 minutes
- Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water
Step 2 - Prep
While the noodles are cooking it's time to start prepping the veggies and chicken. Cut up the green onion, Serrano peppers & cilantro. Put these aside and begin cleaning the chicken. Make sure to trim off all the fat, rise & then pat dry. Cut up the chicken into equal bit size pieces so that the chicken will cook evenly.
Optional: I chose to marinate the chicken in a combination of soy sauce, oyster sauce & Sriracha. It helps retain moisture within the chicken, and I find it quite delicious.
Step 3a - Cook the chicken
In a large skillet, cook the chicken. Step 3a complete.
Step 3b - Make the sauce
While the chicken is cooking, combine all ingredients except peanuts in a small saucepan and stir it over very low heat. Mash up the 1/2 cup of peanuts (we did it in a measuring cup with a wooden spoon) and add this into the sauce. Let this sauce simmer and thicken over low heat. Once it appears thick, turn the heat off.
Step 3c - Scramble the eggs
In a smaller skillet scramble the 2 eggs. Once the eggs are fully cooked, add them to the skillet with the chicken. Pro Tip: If you're interested in getting fancy, you can scramble the eggs in the skillet while the chicken is cooking in the same skillet.
Step 4 - Stir it up
Once the noodles, chicken, sauce & eggs are completed, combine them into the large skillet and do the Bob Marley (stir it up). Leave the skillet on medium heat to reheat the finished ingredients (possibly noodles or sauce).
Step 5 - Enjoy
Transfer your concoction onto a plate & add your desired amount of cilantro, green onions and bean sprouts. If you're nervous the plate might be too rich or spicy, squeeze some fresh lime juice over top!
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