wok pad thai

Pad Thai with my sauce

 

Serves 4

 

Ingredients:

 

10 oz. of raw medium shrimp, with some Cajun seasoning or chili powder added

Some cut up chicken, I used two thighs and added a TBS. of the sauce and some garlic flakes

2 garlic cloves, smashed and diced small, or some dried garlic flakes

1 bunch green onions, with tops slice ½ inch diagonal

1 can of bean sprouts

6 to 8 oz. rice noodles, I used Annie Chuns brown rice noodles

Some veggies if you like, peas, carrots or pea pods

Peanut oil for frying

1 beaten egg fried and sliced up, I like to do it ahead and add when serving or you can add it to the wok while cooking.

 

Diced green onion tops and crushed peanuts or cashews for topping

Crushed red pepper at the table for those that want some heat

Lime wedges for serving

 

Sauce:

1 to 1 ½ TBS. Tamarind paste

¼ cup chicken broth

1 to 3 TBS. fish sauce, I used 1 TBS.

1 TBS. soy sauce

1 TBS. Asian chili sauce, I used Mae Ploys

1 TBS. Brown sugar

A few shakes of hot sauce, I used Cholula

 

Prep all your veggies and have them in bowls to add when cooking.

 Place noodles in a pan of water and bring to a boil for a minute then set off the burner. Let set for 15 minutes then drain and add some olive oil to keep from sticking. Set aside until ready to use.

 Heat a good TBS. of peanut oil in the wok and cook shrimp just until pink and remove and set aside.

 Add more oil if needed then add in the chicken with the sauce and garlic, cook for several minutes until almost done, remove and set aside.

 Add in any veggies and stir for a couple of minutes, add in the sliced green onions and stir. Add the chicken back in and then the shrimp and stir to mix well. Add the bean sprouts and about half of the sauce, stir to mix and let heat through.

  Add the rice noodles, stir to mix well. Add some more of the sauce and mix well. Turn the heat to low and cover the wok with a cover to let all steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a serving bowl and serve with toppings of your choice and squeeze the lime wedges over it. I used 6 oz. of the noodles and was plenty for us both with leftovers, use 8 oz. to feed 4 to 6.

 This was the first time using my recipe I made up from several and it came out great, Next time I will try 2 TBS. of the fish sauce I think it could have had a little more salty taste to balance the sweet. I always like some added veggies to my pad Thai and this time used some sliced up pea pods. I make it on the mild side for my wife and add heat at the table. If everyone likes heat you can add it while cooking.

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