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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

No, I think we'll just stay in instead

We have one good Thai restaurant down here. Siam Thai... Typically, Scott and I don't care to deal with the traffic to get there just for some Pad Thai. So on those nights when some delicious Pad Thai sounds great and traffic is a big turn off, I refer to this handy book called Cooking The Thai Way (I was able to get mine in paperback for like $8). There is only one Lima Limitation in this recipe that I have to substitute for, which is awesome! It's just as good as most Thai restaurants I've been to and definitely as good, if not better, than Siam's.

You will need:
1/2 lb narrow rice noodles
3 to 4 Tbs fish sauce***
6 Tbs sugar
6 Tbs white vinegar
1 Tbs Ketchup
1/2 lb chicken, pork or shrimp (you know whatever the hell you like)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I use less and usually it's olive oil instead)
2 to 3 cloves of garlic
2 eggs
4 green onions
12oz fresh bean sprouts
3/4 cup ground peanuts
red pepper flakes
lime wedges

*** I can't find fish sauce down here so I substitute 2 Tbs soy sauce and 2 Tbs Fish stock, but you could do all soy and I think it would be fine***

Cook the rice noodles according the package directions. Meanwhile in a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, and ketchup. Set aside. Cut meat into bite size pieces.

Heat a wok or large skillet and add the oil. Carefully tilt the wok so that the oil coats the inside. Add garlic and stir-fry until golden. Add the meat and cook until no longer pink.

Meanwhile in a small bowl, beat the eggs with a fork. Pour eggs into meat mixture in woke and stir to lightly scramble the eggs.

Add the fish sauce mixture while continuing to stir. Next add the softened noodles and toss with the meat and eggs. Next add the green onions and 2/3 of the bean sprouts, cook and toss the mixture until the sprouts are tender but crisp.

Garnish with the remaining bean sprouts, ground peanuts and lime wedges. The book says to have everyone add their own red pepper flakes, but I know about how spicy Scott and I like it so I just add those in when adding the green onion.

Sorry for the slightly poor quality photo. Forgot I used the iPhone to take it.

Now doesn't that just look yummy and like you ordered take out!?

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