Monday, June 15, 2009

what thai-p of noodles do you like?

i love pad thai. paddy-paddy-pad-pad thai. but the real stuff has fish sauce and eggs in it. i've made my own version that tastes even better. it ain't 100% pad thai, it's actually more of a peanutty noodely chili-lime bowl of goodness, but it closely parallels the traditional dish.

the hardest thing about my cookin' is i don't write recipes. i eyeball damn near everything, so i'll tell you what i put in it, and if you're lucky you can come up with an approximation:

  • package of rice noodles
  • 2T chunky PB (any kind will do, even the sugar packed stuff)
  • about 1/3 c. of mae ploi sweet chili sauce (0r your favorite brand) found in asian aisle of grocery store or at your local asian market
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • lime juice
  • chili powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • chopped cilantro
  • dash of bragg's liquid aminos

in a small saucepan, take your PB, chili sauce, and vinegar and melt over low heat. combine that with prepared noodles-(follow the directions on rice noodle package, dag nabbit! if you attempt to cook noodles in hot water you'll end up with a sticky mess and be pissed and sad.) most rice noodle instructions say to just sit the noodles in cold water for an amount of time and drain. take the prepared noodles, sauce and mix really quick and fast in a wok for just a few minutes. throw them back into a large bowl and add chopped cilantro, chili powder, red pepper flakes, bragg's and toss until well combined. serve with an additional lime wedge if you feel like it.

subs: i've used other kinds of noodles instead of rice ones and it tastes just as yummy. example: tonight i made a batch of this with cooked whole wheat rotini pasta and it was yummy. the key is getting everything mixed together just right.

good luck, i'll keep my fingers thai-ed for you!


nora said...

love the pun. puns are always a good idea.

Eddie G said...

Yum--even sounds good for breakfast :P

Bianca said...

Ha, ha....thai-p! I haven't made Pad Thai in forever! In fact, I think I'd totally forgotten it even exists. And that is sad. Thanks for the reminder and recipe!

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

i should mention that i'm not the best at measurements. mr. jewbacca is worried that one of y'all will try this and burn your tongue off. i don't know how i do it, but i manage to get it right each time.

miss v said...

i totally love pad thai too! i also used to be the queen of eye-balling measurements, but i tried to get in the habit of writing things down. sometimes it works... other times i'm too busy taste-testing to remember! :)

Tofu Mom (AKA Tofu-n-Sprouts) said...

LOVE this recipe. I make the same thing. (OK, it could quite possibly be TOTALLY different, because I don't always measure either. But I fiddle around with the same ingredients anyway.)

In my humble opinion, Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce is nectar of the Gods... It should be used liberally in everything. Well, maybe not cheesecake. But everything noodly-asian-peanutty...