Easy Authentic Pad Thai

authentic pad thai
Many pad Thai recipes out there includes tomato sauce or ketchup but authentic pad Thai actually doesn’t require tomatoes at all! It is actually made with tamarind to give it that classic sour taste. Tamarind is a fruit that grows in pods and the pulp is made into a paste and is essential in Thai cuisine! You can find tamarind in most grocery stores now and can get either the paste in a jar or a block of it. If you find the tamarind in a block, you will need to soak it in hot water and strain it in a sift to get the seeds and membranes out of it. You can also make the pad Thai sauce ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge so you always have it on hand ready to make pad Thai.

This Pad Thai recipe uses chicken but you can easily change it to shrimp if you are a fan of seafood or eliminate all meat and seafood and use tofu instead. The tofu works really well in this dish since they are like little sponges and soaks up all the amazing pad Thai sauce.




Once you try this recipe, you will never had to order in Thai food again! Have you tried making this recipe? Comment below and let me know!

Easy Authentic Pad Thai

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: authentic pad thai, chicken pad thai, easy pad thai, pad thai, thai food
Servings: 4 serving

Ingredients

Pad Thai Sauce

  • 3 TBSP fish sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TBSP Garlic powder
  • 3 TBSP Tamarind Paste
  • 1/4 cup Palm Sugar
  • pinch Salt

Pad Thai Noodles

  • 1/2 pack rice noodles
  • oil for cooking
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1 tsp Ginger (roughly chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 lb Chicken breast (cubed)
  • 2 eggs (scrambled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 sprigs Green onion (finely sliced)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup peanuts (roughly chopped)
  • 1 lime (wedged for garnish)
  • cilantro (for garnish)

Instructions

Pad Thai Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in the pad Thai sauce and bring to a boil. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and turn off heat.

Pad Thai Noodles

  • In a large bowl, pour enough boiling water to cover half a pack of rice noodles. Let sit for 20 minutes (or until the noodles are soft). If you don't want to use the soaking method, you can boil the noodles for about 4 minutes and drain.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil to medium heat and cook onion, garlic, and ginger until the onions are soft
  • Add cubed chicken breast to onion mixture and cook until chicken is fully cooked
  • Remove onion, garlic, ginger and chicken once done cooking and set aside on a plate
  • Scrambled the eggs and cook an omelette, remove from pan once cooked and cut into strips.
  • Add soften noodles, onion, garlic, ginger, chicken to a large skillet (medium heat)
  • Stir fry the noodles and gradually add the pad thai sauce. Add a little at a time to give the noodles a chance to soak up the sauce.
  • Add green onions, bean sprouts and mix until combined. Before serving sprinkle chopped peanuts for garnish and texture. You can also add lime and cilantro for garnish!

Notes

Tools I used for this recipe: