Pad Thai is really nothing more than a regular noodle dish, one that is not even native to Thailand. Its full name, kway teow pad Thai, hints at its possible Chinese origins; kway teow, in Chinese, refers to rice noodles. It is likely that some early version of the dish came to Thailand with settlers crossing from southern China, who brought their own recipe for fried rice noodles. Certainly the cooking style— stir-frying—is Chinese, and most food historians credit the Chinese with the invention of noodles. And, as Chombhala Chareonying, former Minister-Counsellor at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C., points out, Thai food is basically Indo-Chinese in origin. The cooked meats and vegetables in pad Thai resemble dishes prepared by the Cantonese and Tae Chiew (Chao Zhou in Mandarin) from China’s eastern Guangdong province. Nevertheless, the flavors and textures are pure Thai.
Here is our American version of Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken:
8 oz. dried rice noodles
2 tbsp. peanut oil
4 scallions, coarsely chopped
2 garlic gloves, minced fine
2 fresh red chilies, seeded and sliced
8 oz. chicken breast, trimmed and thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tbsp. Thai fish sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup fresh bean sprouts
¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
When the noodles are done and tender, rinse under cold running water and set them aside.
Once the peanut oil is heated add scallions, garlic and red chilies. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes.
I do have to confess this photo is not mine. I made this dish for the first time as my wife loves Pad Thai. I carefully prepared the dish while taking photos. I was so excited about serving it up to her, that I forgot to take a photo of the end results.
I did have the approval of my wife's favorite Asian dish. I know you will enjoy it as well.
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Recipe adopted from: Wok & Stir-Fry - Amazingly tasty..surprising simple! First published in 2010 by Paragon Books Ltd.