This was a lovely surprise for me when I returned from a long day at a craft show!
Elizabeth was at the Milford craft fair yesterday. The rest of us were “enjoying” the rain. After a morning of home repair, it was time to think about dinner. Normally I would make nachos and miso soup, a delectable combination. But with the rain we had the time for something more adventurous. The silver lining is that now the bathroom sink runs freely, the kitchen cabinet door is back on, the piano bench is repaired, the hall light fixture is ½ fixed, and I finally got the picture printed that Elizabeth asked for about 2 months ago.
This recipe is based on that posted by the MY-Thai Oriental Grocery.
Sauce – Prepare first so that it can sit in the fridge for an hour.
½ cup Palm Sugar
¼ cup tamarind concentrate
¼ cup fish sauce
½ cup water
½ teaspoon salt
Mix the above in a saucepan, heat covered on low for 45 minutes. Uncover and turn off the heat while you go back to the grocery for overlooked ingredients. Heat on medium uncovered for about 15 minutes until viscosity is noticeably increased, but thinner than maple syrup. Put in the fridge.
Pad Thai Ingredients
200 g of thin Thai Rice Noodles, soaked in water for at least 1 hour, then drain in a colander
2 tbsp sliced green onion stalk
2 tbsp sliced green onion
2 eggs - our kids asked for extra egg
Slices of bean curd – I used 5 oz of inarizushi-no-moto (seasoned fried bean curd) from a Japanese grocery.
2 tbsp chopped garlic
2 cups bean sprouts (I went to 5 stores before I found bean sprouts. Unreal. How can an Asian grocery call itself Asian and not have bean sprouts?)
3 tbsp smashed-by-a-4-year-old peanuts. If you don’t have a 4 year old and a mortar and pestle, crush peanuts will suffice.
3 tbsp canola oil
lime, used as a toy for about 20 minutes, then washed and sliced.
Heat a big skillet on medium heat
Saute the garlic in the oil for about 2 minutes till it is golden
Add the eggs, sauté
Add the rice noodles and the sauce. Stir until the noodles absorb the sauce.
Add the green onion, bean sprouts, bean curd, and some of the crushed peanuts. stir, stir, stir.
Serve garnished with bean sprouts, bean curd, crushed peanuts and lime.
I served this with raw string beans on the side.
My dish only remotely resembled this: