Shrimp Pad Thai

From Anne's Food

serves 2, generously

15 raw jumbo shrimp
1 tbsp peanut oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, coarsely grated
2 eggs
200 g rice noodles (I like rice sticks for this) 
1 tsp ketchup
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 lime, juiced
3 tbsp water
1 tsp dried chili flakes
2 tbsp peanuts, chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
fresh bean sprouts, a good handful

Optional peanut sauce
200 ml coconut milk 
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 lime, juiced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 red chili, minced
2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tsp fish sauce

Start by soaking the rice noodles in hot water. I usually place them in a bowl, add boiling water and let them soak until soft. It'll take anywhere from 3-10 minutes, depending on your noodles - so check them. When soft, drain the noodles. 

Mix the sauce in a small bowl - ketchup, sugar, oyster sauce, fish sauce, lime, water and chili. 

Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok, and fry the shrimp, carrots and garlic until the shrimp are pink and opaque. Move everything to one side, crack in the eggs and stir-fry until they're done. Add the noodles, and give everything a good stir. 

Add the sauce and the peanuts, and stir again. Remove the pan from heat, and add in the spring onions and the bean sprouts. Serve straight away, with the optional sauce if you'd like. 

For the peanut sauce, just mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. That's it!