Cooking with Ali: Pad Thai

Do you ever wonder if I ever actually cook for myself? I do often get asked if I always eat out, and the answer in no. I’m lucky enough to be able to eat out often (sometimes a couple of times a week) but that leaves a lot of time for me to whip up some great dishes in the kitchen. Often I go for easy dishes – pasta, fajitas, bolognese (student essentials, am I right?!). However, I do try to be more adventurous because 1) I love food and 2) It gives me something to look forward to after a long day at work.

Here, I will discuss how to make an authentic pad thai, based on the street food vendors in Thailand. This dish isn’t difficult or expensive to make (because despite wanting to be adventurous I do not have that much spare time or money..), and it tastes great!

Street food vendor, Bangkok
Chicken pad thai (approx. 75p)

Pad Thai

One of my favourite dishes to make is pad thai. I travelled around Thailand for a month and decided to do a cooking class in Bangkok. This is where I learnt to make a great pad thai, and the recipe that I brought home with me has had plenty of use. In Thailand, the best pad thai is from random street vendors and costs about 75p. This one is almost of good! Note that this recipe is for one people so can easily be made for multiple people by multiplying the ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil
  • 1 chicken breast (optional) – can also use any other meat, tofu or just skip this
  • 1 tbsp chopped carrot
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 portion rice noodles (thin and flat ones are the best)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp bean sprouts
  • 1 tbsp spring onions
  • 1 tbsp crushed peanuts (salted are best)
  • 1/4 lime

Method

  1. In a large wok, add oil, carrot, onion and garlic and chicken. Fry until chicken is cooked.
  2. Move cooked ingredients to side of wok and add the beaten egg to the wok. Wait until the egg is almost cooked (similar to an omelette) then flip and break it up into small pieces.
  3. Add the noodles (presoak these in boiling water prior to this step) along with 3 tbsp water. Mix all ingredients in the wok.
  4. Add soy sauce, sugar, bean sprouts, spring onions and peanuts. Stir fry until you are satisfied that everything is cooked (I normally base this on how the spring onions and bean sprouts are looking).
  5. Add juice of lime. Stir well.
  6. Serve with extra lime wedge, extra crushed peanuts on top and a little chilli if you fancy. Add soy sauce to taste.
  7. Eat and enjoy 🙂
🍽Chicken pad thai

This dish is honestly so easy but so good!

I really hope you give this a try because it is so worth it. If you do make it, make sure to take a photo and send it to me because I’d love to share (or just look at) your recreations!

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