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Tofu Pad Thai

Posted Apr 06 2010 5:47am

I posted this recipe a zillion years ago when I started my blog.  I think I still lived in Boston, and I’m pretty sure Solomon was the only person who ever read my blog.  We make it about once a month, and I decided to make it this week since it is Passover friendly.  Many people avoid rice products during Passover, but since I married Solomon, and decided to adopt his Sephardic traditions (so I can eat rice and legumes over Passover), rice is allowed, and makes for a great meal.

Just like how my mom judges an Italian restaurant by it’s eggplant parmesan , Solomon and I judge a Thai restaurant by their pad thai.  Because the closest Thai restaurant is…wait for it…45 minutes away, this has become a staple in our house more out of necessity.  We were used to being in walking distance to a handful of Thai restaurants, so it has gotten a lot harder to satisfy our cravings living here, especially because we both LOVE Thai food.  I found this recipe over at We Are Not Martha , and made a few changes to it so that it was both kosher, and vegetarian friendly (oyster sauce?  Not on my shift).

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 (8 oz) package dried flat rice noodles, either cooked or soaked according to package directions
  • 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp.  raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Asian chile pepper sauce (a.k.a. sriracha )
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/8 cup chili oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 brick firm tofu, drained and dried on paper towels, cut into cubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. tamarind syrup
  • 3 Cup bean sprouts
  • 6 green onions, chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • peanuts to garnish

First, combine the soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, sriracha and stock to make a sauce.  Taste it as you go, you may want to make it spicier (we do!)

DSC04953 I let the flavors come together and got to work on my rice noodles.  Usually I use bigger noodles, that you would find on any pad thai dish, but after digging through my cabinets, this was all I came up with.  They were OK…spaghetti noodles in pad thai was a little strange, plus their texture was different, but you can’t win them all.

DSC04952 While the pasta was cooking away, I heated both oils and the garlic in my wok over medium heat.  If you’ve never tried chili oil, you should get your hands on some.  It adds such a nice kick to everything from stir fries to sauces.

DSC04954 I added my tofu to the wok and let it cook for a few minutes.  I find if I mostly leave it alone, it tends to brown a lot nicer.  Sure, it looks like there’s a lot of oil in the wok, but it’s only about 1/4 cup total for 4+ servings, so I feel pretty OK with it.

DSC04958 Once the tofu was browned, I moved it off to the side and added my eggs.

DSC04955 Once they began to harden a bit, I kind of scrambled it all together.

DSC04959 After almost all of the egg is cooked, add in your pasta, and give the mix a few tosses.  Then pour your sauce on top, stir it all up, and let it cook for a few more minutes.

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Towards the end of your cooking, add in sliced scallions and bean sprouts (which I didn’t have since I did my grocery shopping a few days ago and they would have been all nasty and gross by last night), and tamarind paste (which I just forgot to add because I’m flaky like that).

DSC04957 Garnish with some peanuts, and maybe more sriracha and enjoy!

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Honestly, it’s not exactly like a Thai restaurant, but it’s pretty darn close.  It sure beats a 45 minute drive to Erie!

What’s your favorite thing to get at a Thai restaurant?  Do you judge certain ethnic restaurants by the same dish?


Tagged: chile oil , pad thai , passover , recipe , sriracha , Thai , tofu , wok
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