Pad Thai is a true taste of Thailand and an immensely popular dish with both locals and tourists alike.
This version of the famous Pad Thai recipe, I hope, will provide a totally authentic experience and will reunite you with the taste sensations of those Hawker stands of Bangkok. Each Hawker obviously believe their Pad Thai to be the best and bring to the recipe their own culinary flair, their own favored flavors and therefore each plate of Pad Thai is unique!
This version, and I do believe a firm contender, comes from the testing and tasting of many, many,…many… different variations from the food carts scattered across the city. We have done the research. All on your behalf 🙂 … It is no hardship.
Pad Thai – Taste Of Thailand
Pad Thai, I believe is Thailand’s ultimate street food. It is an internationally recognized and loved South East Asian dish very much like Nasi Lemak or Char Kway Teow from the streets of Malaysia and almost as well known as the Chow Mein of Chinese cuisine.
To some people “street food” may not sound desirable. However I guarantee those food cart cooks stir up dishes worthy of the best restaurant menus.
If you have been to Asia you will remember food stalls on every corner. It therefore stands to reason that with so many stalls and consumer choice, these cooks need to be good to be competitive if they are to remain in business. Usually this means they become specialist chefs of one or two dishes such as Pad Thai or Pad Kra Pao Gai.
Many of these street side cooks have been cooking the same one or two dishes day after day. Many year after year and often generation after generation … they are therefore constantly perfecting it.
What Makes A Great Pad Thai?
To truly achieve Pad Thai excellence is to ensure a dish that is dry and light bodied. It has fresh balanced layers of flavor.
The final dish should have a pale, almost translucent red/brown color. Unlike the many Western variations Pad Thai should be neither vivid red nor oil soaked
The many ingredients, when first considered, could potentially put people off making this dish at home. Do not be intimidated. Many are optional. I recommend using them all if you want to create a truly authentic dish.
Simply work your way through the recipe steps and in no time you’ll be enjoying the exquisite tastes of Thailand.