Easy to Prepare Street-Style Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai is a popular street food developed in the 20th century and available throughout Thailand. A highly adaptable list of ingredients and relatively simple cooking procedure mean it is also easy to prepare in your own home. All you need to do is buy Pad Thai noodles and a selection of seasonings before combining them in a wok.

What is pad Thai?

Also called Phad Thai, Pad Thai is an Asian dish made with rice noodles. Meat eaters can use chicken or beef as the main protein in their Pad Thai, as well as flavouring it with fish sauce, while vegetarians can substitute tofu and soy sauce, as well as omitting dried shrimp from the recipe. Other common ingredients include tamarind, lemongrass, chilli, garlic, peanuts and beansprout.

First you buy Pad Thai noodles and cook them according to the instructions. You can make a paste or sauce from the tamarind, fish sauce, garlic, chilli and other herbs and spices. Sugar is another common addition. The order in which you add ingredients can vary, but you basically want to add it all to a pan and fry. Once the sauce is in the pan and cooking, add the noodles, beaten egg and other protein. Peanuts will come towards the end and slices of lime can be used as garnish. You may want to cook ingredients such as spring onions, garlic, chilli and beansprouts separately so they can be used as optional garnishes.

How to buy Pad Thai noodles?

Noodles are the central ingredient of Pad Thai, the thing that holds it altogether. Other ingredients can be adapted or omitted, but without noodles it is not Pad Thai. That means that when you first buy Pad Thai noodles, and then when you cook them you need to get everything just right. They are a common enough ingredient that you can find them nearly anywhere, choosing which are best may be more difficult.

Proper Pad Thai noodles are made from rice flour and water and will be thin and flat in shape. Rice flour can be brown or white, but brown is often considered healthier. Corn starch or potato starch can improve the texture and translucency. Some traditional kinds may need soaking before they can be cooked, but ours are designed for your convenience. They can go straight in the pan.

The actual cooking process is simple. All you need to do is submerge the noodles in boiling water. Reduce the heat to medium and separate with a fork. It will only take about three minutes for the noodles to be done (this could vary), at which point you can tip them into a colander and rinse in cold water. This will also help stop the strands clumping, which is a common problem with noodles.

Preparing the popular Pad Thai in your own home is simple when you use King Soba’s noodles. Then all you need to add is some boiling water and whatever other combination of ingredients you prefer. Your delicious meal will be ready in minutes, just as it is on the streets of Thailand.