Easy Pad Thai...

I. LOVE. South East Asian Food. 

My tender feelings developed as a mere child, with the taste of Indian Chinese cuisine. And now it has expanded to encompass the entire region and beyond. All embracing love you see :-)

As a kid I hated eating vegetables.  Except as part of Chinese food. Spinach, cabbage, carrots, beans-- vegetables which made me want to cry when cooked with Indians spices, took me to heaven when made with little soya sauce and rice vinegar. Fortunately for me Kolkata had/has lots of great Chinese places. And even more fortunately my mother loved/loves Chinese food. So the two of us would often eat lunch in Chinese restaurants. These were our secret dates, even my father or brother were unaware of these. 

Teenage made me discover Tibetan momos/dumplings and thupkas (Chinese style soups with Indian garam masala). Spent many a happy afternoon polishing off plates of steamed pork momos and slurping on the soup when I should have been in college. And then one of my aunts  introduced me to Burmese cuisine. Ah the joys of spicy and pungent Khao Swé. 

As a student, when I moved to Toronto, I was really excited cos my dig was next to the China Town. But that excitement fizzled out when served with extremely bland broths and steamed stuff with barely any flavour in them. I felt like telling them to take the food back to the kitchen and spice it up. That was when I realised (the hard way) the difference between Chinese and Indian Chinese cuisine. That is also when I turned my attention (somewhat in desperation) to the rest of the region. And I discovered Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino food. Same basic ingredients-- rice and noodles with lots of veggies and some meat/fish/sea food and joy oh joy cooked with soya sauce and vinegar. Throw in some fish sauce, sesame oil, 5 spices, peppercorns, oyster sauce and my love got deeper and deeper with each new flavour.

And I am really partial to noodles. Given a choice of noodles and rice, I always, always go for noodles.

Continuing with the noodle-y love of mine presenting to you some easy peasy Pad Thai for those week nights you cannot be bothered to spend more than half an hour in the kitchen. This is a recipe which can be easily made from the ingredients in your pantry & freezer and makes you feel like you are eating in a restaurant.

I basically follow this Pad Thai recipe from You Tube, but ingredient wise my version is much shorter.

Ingredients For Pad Thai with Shrimps:

For the Noodles:

  • One packet of  Pad Thai noodles, need to be soaked in water according to instructions at the back of the packet.
  • A pound or so of cooked shrimps
  • One medium onion, finely diced
  • Couple of spring onions, diced
  • Couple of eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic, very finely sliced
  • Sliced tofu (I did not add this)
  • Veggies like broccoli, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, sweet radish, Chinese chives (I did not add any this time round)
  • I added a couple of those fat red chillies to bring in some heat
  • Oil
For the Sauce:
  • 2 table spoons of Oyster sauce
  • 3 table spoons of tamarind sauce/pulp
  • 3 table spoons of fish sauce
  • 2 table spoons of palm sugar (I used Indian jaggery)
  • Little water
For the Garnish:
  • Crushed peanuts
  • Lime (juice and slices)
  • Coriander leaves
  • Red chilly flakes
  • Bean sprouts

How To Make Pad Thai:

Pad Thai is cooked in three steps.

First lets make the sauce: In a sauce pan add the palm sugar/jaggery and a little water, once it has melted, add the rest of the ingredients one by one and bring it to a boil, remove from heat and keep it in a bowl ready to mix with the noodles at a later stage....taste the sauce, if too sweet add some more fish sauce to make it salty....

Now onto the second stage, lets stir fry the noodles: Heat 2 table spoons of vegetable oil in a wok, when smoking hot, add the garlic and the onion, after a couple of minutes when the onion starts to look transclusent, add the already soaked noodles and mix well. Then add the cooked shrimp, sliced tofu, and any other vegetables that you might be adding. After another couple of minutes, add about 4 to 6 table spoons of the sauce, mix well, if it is too dry you can add a little water. Once all the ingredients are well coated with the sauce, make some space in the wok, add the two eggs, lightly beaten and scramble them.Then mix with rest of the ingredients. 

Garnish the noodles with some crushed peanuts, lime juice, coriander leaves, bean sprouts and dry chilly flakes.

[You can substitute the prawn with chicken, vegetarians can cut off prawn/chicken and just stick to veggies and tofu, the options are numerous.]

Your easy Pad Thai is ready, you can proceed to polish it off like I do. In the middle of the week, I promise a nice and easy dinner, which makes you dream of sun bathing in Thailand, okay if not, then at least a meal in your favourite Thai restaurant!


  1. oh Beautiful Suchi:)
    I love this!

  2. Wow! I feel like trying this recipe now :)
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  3. Hi Suchi, your Pad Thai look delicious. Love your presentation, it look very classy. Beautiful click as usual.

    Have a nice day.

  4. So lovely Pics

  5. I just got home from Thailand and I ate some amazing Pad Thai's! I have tried to make it at home but it has never tasted the same. They have a real knack for it :)

  6. Even I love Chinese food, of course being a vegetarian, the choices are limited, the pad thai looks good..

    1. Ha being a vegetarian can be a little difficult when it comes to Chinese :-)

  7. Ohhhhh ! I love pad thai ! Just love the different flavor and texture in this dish :D Delicious !

  8. heyy good to see u back suchi.. even i realized the hard way there was a huge diff b/w our into chinese & actual chinese.. i dig on pad thai..just the veg version :)

  9. I had similiar feelings to yours-somehow vegetables in Chinese food don't bother even there is a lot of them:)

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  10. i love pad thai..one of the best ive eaten is at this thai themed pub off oxford street.
    i sadly havent tried it at home as yet!

    1. There are so many pubs in London which have gone Thai themed...previously I have always been suspicious thinking Thai food in pubs may not be nice...can you tell me the name, will give it a try...

  11. Wow! These looks so delicious & love the amazing flavors in this noodles! I've have to try this soon! Thanks for sharing & have a nice day! :)

  12. I did attempt the vegetarian one. But it was not the same... I guess the stuff they passed off as vegetarian in Thailand, I suspect , had some fish sauce. Could not replicate the taste at all.

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  14. very inviting platter, looks so yum Suchi :)

  15. Yes please! Can I have some thai? I want to learn how to do it and this looks like the perfect recipe for me. Thank you!

    1. Sure lets have Thai tonight for dinner Alida :-)

  16. That's some pro-Pad Thai! You make me hungry even after I just had a sumptuous dinner! :)

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  19. wow this is so nice. Very delicious dish. looks really awesome

  20. I didn't know that apart from Kolkata we also have Toronto in common :) The Pad Thai looks so tempting. Knowing that it comes from another spice lover like me........it's now on my to-try list.An award is waiting for you at my blog. Please accept it.

    1. Thanks a ton Sadaf, will visit your blog soon :-)


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