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REC: galleygirl's Pad Thai

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Posted to Thread #1337 at 11:49 pm on Apr 1, 2006

I found this excellent recipe on the home cooking board at I've made it "as is" many times, and found that it's one of the most tweakable recipes I've ever come upon. (And tweak it I have!)
In any case, should you decide to try it, I hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we have.


[This] came from a Sheryl Julian column in the [Boston] Globe years ago, but of course I've made changes. You may want to also, depending on your taste in Pad Thai. I like mine non-greasy, and clean-tasting, with a *hint* of sweetness. You can substitute tofu or chicken for the shrimp, or use both. I've made it lots of time using tofu and eggs. I realize this sounds wordy, but like any str-fry, it's all in the prep...Once you do it once or twice, and find your *own* proportions, you won't order it out, either! (BTW, I tried the Pad Thai recipe in Cooks Illustrated a few months ago, also. It's very good. About the only difference is the addition of dissolved tamarind, in place of some of the rice vinegar. But this is probably closer to what we're all used to.)

1/2-lb. dry rice stick noodles
1/4-cup rice vinegar
1/4-cup fish sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil (I use 2 tsp.: taste and see)
1/4-cup sugar
1 tsp. chili powder (I use coarsely ground Korean)
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil (she said peanut)
2 cloves chopped garlic
1/4-1/2 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and chopped in halves or thirds
2 eggs
4 chopped scallions
1/4-lb. bean sprouts (or more)
3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (or more!)
1/2-3/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
fresh lime, if you have it.

Pour boiling water over the rice sticks, and soak for 15 minutes.

Mix vinegar, fish sauce, sesame oil , sugar and chili powder in a little bowl.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok. Add garlic. Cook shrimp til they turn pink. Remove. Next put in beaten eggs, stirring constantly until set (you can use a little more oil, if you need it). Throw shrimp back in. Add the drained noodles, and stir-fry for a minute or so.

Add the vinegar mixture and scallions, cook for a minute or so. Add the bean sprouts, cook for another minute or two. (she says do both at the same time, but I find the liquid needs a little more time to be absorbed, and I like my sprouts crunchy.)

Add half the cilantro and half the peanuts and stir together. Put in plates or bowls, and top with remaining cilantro and peanuts. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the top.

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