Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai Goong Sod (Goong=shrimps, Sod=fresh)

For those who are already big fans of Pad Thai, and wanted to try making this delicious stir-fried noodle, following my post here, you'll get the taste of Pad Thai that we normally eat in Thailand - with all ingredients that Pad Thai should have and should taste like, only one thing missing here is beansprout....

In Thailand there are only Pad Thai and Pad Thai Goong Sod (shrimp Pad Thai) or, in some places, seafood available - there are no chicken, beef or vegetable Pad Thai like you see in most Thai restaurants here in the US.

The original Pad Thai has small dried shrimps instead of big fresh shrimps, which later added to the menu as a new choice.

Working with dried noodle is a bit tricky. They need a lot of liquid and proper times to soften them up.

Serving two hungry people.
- Hand full of dried rice noodle, soaking in warm water for 15 minutes. Save the water for later use.
- Fresh shrimps, clean and deveined
- Hand full of garlic chive leaves, cut 1" long and leave some to eat fresh with the noodle.
- Hand full of beansprout (I don't have it this time)
- 5 small heads shallot, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup preserved reddish
- 2 pieces hard tofu, diced
- 2 eggs
- ground peanut
- wedge of lime
- chili powder (optional)

- 2 tbsp. tamarind water
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 cup water
- 6 tbsp. olive oil

1. In small bowl, mix tamarind water, fish sauce and sugar together.
2. Add 2 tbsp. olive oil in a hot pan, in goes shallot and garlic, saute until fragrant.
3. Add soaked soft noodle, stir-fry to incorporate with shallot and garlic, add water (used for soaking noodle), start with mall amount. Keep stirring, don't let the noodle stick together.
4. Add in mixing sauce (in no. 1). Keep stirring until the noodle get soft. If you feel that the pan get too dry and the noodle start to stick to the pan, add more water. Pick up some noodle to taste if they are soft then transfer the noodle to a resting plate.

5. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp. olive oil, hard tofu, preserved reddish and shrimps. Stir-fry until the shrimp get almost opaque.
6. Put shrimps to the side of the pan, making room for two eggs.
7. Add 2 more tbsp. of olive oil, crack in the eggs and scramble them.
8. Incorporate the shrimps and scrambled eggs.

9. In goes, the preparing noodle, stir to incorporate everything together.
10. Add chive leaves, beansprout. Stir.
11. Taste the noodle, make sure they are soft, turn off the heat. You can also adjust the taste later in your plate.
12. Serve with ground peanut, fresh beansprout, fresh chive, a wedge of lime, chili powder (if you like spicy)

Enjoy your Pad Thai with lots of shrimps as you like.

1 comment:

Black Tiger Shrimp said...

Thanks for you sharing such a nice post. Thailand's most popular noodle dish in mere minutes. This lightened version is packed with vibrant ingredients such as crushed red pepper.

Thailand Shrimp

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