Happy Monday Foodies!
Who Likes Pad Thai?
One of my favorite things to order for take out is pad thai. I just love all the flavors and textures! I set out to learn to make pad thai at home, and I can definitely say that my version tastes just like the one that I get from my favorite Thai restaurant. I may never order take out again! (actually I don’t know – I can be lazy and just not want to cook)
This chicken pad thai is a combination of diced cooked chicken, scrambled eggs, rice noodles, veggies and herbs, all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. I was able to find rice noodles in the ethnic section of my grocery store, and they were actually labeled as pad thai noodles. I typically use boneless skinless chicken breasts that are cut up into small pieces and sautéed, but in a pinch you could also use shredded rotisserie chicken.
I kept this pad thai pretty basic because that’s the way my favorite restaurant makes it, but you could easily substitute shrimp for the chicken or add in more veggies like broccoli, mushrooms and peppers.
These delicious noodles are finished off with a sprinkling of peanuts. The peanuts add the perfect amount of savory crunch.
Store-bought Sauce? Ali what has happened to you…..
The Asian aisle at my local grocery store has sooooo many bottles and jars of Asian sauces! Sweet & Sour, Kung-Pou, Ginger Garlic, Hoisin, etc. Most of the time – I am against the pre-made stuff; fresh is better – it’s just easier to combine fresh ginger, fresh garlic, soy sauce, or other easy-to-find ingredients to make your own type of sauce:
But when it comes to Pad Thai noodles, a do-it-yourself sauce can be tricky. The recipe for the sauce includes tamarind paste, which isn’t that easy to find in most American grocery stores.
Thai Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce is the only one my store carries, and it is good! Let me know if you have tried others and have had good or bad results!
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