Pad Thai differs quite remarkably around Thailand and even around Bangkok. This version has beautifully chewy noodles, a sweet-sour sauce and lots of traditional ingredients.
- 1 tbsp dried shrimp
- 100 g thin dried rice noodles
- 50 g tamarind concentrate
- 60 g palm sugar (use a knife to finely shave)
- 50 g fish sauce
- ¼ tsp dark soy sauce
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Asian red shallot, sliced
- 100 g tiger prawns, peeled and deveined
- 2 tsp finely chopped pickled radish
- 50 g firm yellow bean curd (tofu), diced
- 2 eggs, lightly whisked
- ¼ cup Chinese chives, cut into roughly 2cm batons
- ¼ cup bean shoots, plus extra to serve
- 1 tbsp crushed peanuts
- lime wedges, to serve
- chilli powder, to serve
- spring onion stems, to serve
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Soaking time: 30 minutes
1. Soak rice stick noodles in room temperature water for 30 minutes or until softened but still firm. Then cook them in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until just tender but not too soft. Drain and set aside for later.
2. Meanwhile, soak dried shrimp in water for 15 minutes to soften slightly. Drain, discarding the water.
3. For the sauce, combine the tamarind, palm sugar, fish sauce and dark soy sauce in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside for later.
4. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add the shallot and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the prawns and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the softened dried shrimp, the pickled radish and bean curd and stir-fry for another 30 seconds.
5. Move everything to one side of the pan and add the egg into the empty side. Spread the egg around and allow it to set and get golden on the bottom. Then break up the egg and mix through the other ingredients. Add the noodles and the sauce. Stir-fry until well combined then toss through the garlic chives and bean shoots.
6. Remove the pan from heat and divide noodles among serving plates. Top with peanuts and serve with lime, a spoonful of chilli powder and spring onion.