If you've ever been to Thailand or plan on going, you should know that you can't leave without filling up on pad Thai at least once. What is pad Thai, you ask? It's a super simple dish made with glass noodles, shrimp or chicken, eggs, and peanut sauce. It may not sound that special, but believe us, it's heaven in your mouth.
The streets of Thailand are full of stalls selling pad Thai in a multitude of variations. It's a Thai cuisine staple, a street food, which can be made in minutes, right in front of your eyes.
The beauty of pad Thai is that you can recreate it as easily at home too. Follow this easy pad thai recipe and bring a little bit of Thai culture to your kitchen.
How to make Chicken Pad Thai
Makes 4 servings
Main pad Thai ingredients
8 oz of flat rice noodles
1 large boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
A pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/3 cup green onions, sliced
1/4 cup white onions, sliced
1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
1-2 tbs olive oil (or another type of oil)
Pad Thai sauce ingredients
1/4 cup of ketchup
2 tbs of fish sauce
2 tbs of sugar
1 tsp of garlic, minced
1 tsp of peanut butter
1 lime, juiced
1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp of soy sauce
Heat a medium-size pot over high heat, fill half of it with water, and bring to boil. Once boiling, add rice noodles and turn off the heat. Keep the noodles in hot water for 2-3 min or until cooked al dente. Drain them immediately. If you are preparing them beforehand, rinse them a few times with cold water to keep them from sticking together.
Heat the wok over medium to high heat and add a tablespoon of oil.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook it for 6-8 min or until cooked through. Transfer it to another dish and set aside.
Whisk together the ingredients for your pad thai sauce.
Heat a splash of oil in your wok over medium to high heat. Crack the eggs and let them fry for a few seconds, then break them with a spoon like you would be when making scrambled eggs. Add onions and bean sprouts, then chicken and the sauce.
Add the noodles and mix everything so that pad thai noodles are covered in sauce.
And for the final touch - mix in cilantro and green onions.
Serve pad thai in large bowls or plates. Garnish with peanuts and cilantro if desired. Enjoy!