Home Alone Pad Thai

December 14, 2010 at 12:58 am Leave a comment

If you only make one recipe from my blog, this is the one to try.  This tofu pad thai recipe is better than most of the restaurant pad thai I’ve had and is just as quck as take out.  The recipe is for one hungry person or two normal people, but is easily doubled. Inspired by Mark Bittman (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/dining/21mini.html)

You will need:

Back row: 1/2 T Garlic, 1/2 T Rice Wine Vinegar, 1T Fish Sauce, 1 1/2 T Honey, 2 cups shredded napa cabbage,1/2 a handful of rice noodles (cover in boiling water to soften). 
Middle Row: 3 green onions, chopped, 1/4 block of tofu, cubed and draining in paper towel, a lime, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Front Row: 1 c bean sprouts, cilantro for garnish, 1 egg, 1 1/2 T vegetable oil

Begin by boiling water and covering your noodles to soften.  Mine took about 7 minutes.

Make the sauce.  In a small saucepan combine 1/2 a tablespoon of vegetable oil, the rice wine vinegar, fish sauce (yes it is made from fish, yes I encourage you to use it.  Strict veggie? Use soy.  Can’t find fish sauce?  Come to my apartment, I bought that big a** bottle and only used a tablespoon), honey, brown sugar, and the juice of half the lime

Bring to a boil
Let simmer about 2 minutes or until the brown sugar has dissolved.  Add in your crushed red pepper flakes.


That’s it for the sauce.  Now, the stir fry part.  Begin with putting the rest of your oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat.

When it shimmers, add in your green onions and garlic.  Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Crack in the egg.

Scramble the egg.  Over medium high heat this will take approx. 30 seconds to a minute.

When the egg is cooked add the cabbage and bean sprouts.

Stir to combine.


Add Tofu

Gently stir in the tofu.  Add the drained noodles.  If bits of egg or tofu have stuck to your pan, the residual liquid on the noodles will help lift it off.

Stir in the noodles and add in your sauce.

Cut up what’s left of your lime into segments to serve with the finished pad thai. Sprinkle the cilantro on top.  Some people add chopped peanuts up here as well.  That’s it!

Close up:

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