Chicken Pad Thai
Serving Size / Yield
- Lime-Tamarind Sauce:
- 1/2 C. palm sugar
- 2 Tbs. light brown sugar
- 3 Tbs. lime juice
- 3 Tbs. tamarind paste
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. paprika
- Garlic-Chili Sauce:
- 3 Tbs. Asian fish sauce
- 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
- 1 Tbs. water
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. minced cilantro leaves
- 2 tsp. minced garlic
- 2 tsp. minced Thai green chilies
- 4 oz. dried rice noodles, linguine-sized
- 1 qt. cold water
- Vegetable oil for deep-frying
- 2 oz. firm tofu, drained, cubed
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 tsp. milk
- 2 Tbs. peanut oil
- 1 tsp. minced green chilies
- 1 tsp. chopped shallots
- 1 tsp. minced ginger
- 1/2 tsp. minced lemongrass
- 2 tsp. lime zest
- 1 Tbs. chopped cilantro leaves
- 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips)
- 1/2 C. bean sprouts
- 1/4 C. thinly sliced green onion, for garnish
- 2 Tbs. chopped dry-roasted peanuts
- 2 lime wedges, for garnish
- 2 sprigs cilantro, for garnish
Make the Lime-Tamarind Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, lime juice, tamarind paste, salt and paprika. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Continue boiling and stirring just until the sauce reduces slightly. Set aside to cool. Reserve.
Make the Garlic-Chili Sauce: In a small nonreactive bowl, stir together the fish sauce, rice vinegar, water, sugar, cilantro, garlic and chilies. Reserve.
For the Noodles, put the rice noodles in a bowl filled with the cold water and leave them just until softened, no more than a few minutes. Drain and reserve. (This can be done several hours ahead.) About 30 minutes before serving, heat about 1 inch of the vegetable oil in a medium saucepan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the tofu cubes and deep-fry until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon or wire skimmer, drain on paper towels, and set aside to cool. Reserve.
In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Beat together the egg and teaspoon of milk. Cook the egg on the skillet until it forms soft, moist curds. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool. Chop coarsely and reserve.
Heat a wok over high heat. Add the 2 Tbs. peanut oil. When it’s almost smoking-hot, add the chilies, shallots, ginger, lemongrass, lime zest, chopped cilantro and chicken; stir-fry until the chicken loses its pink color, about 2 minutes. Add the noodles, half of the bean sprouts, the fried tofu, the scrambled egg, and both sauces. Continue stir-frying until the noodles have separated, heated through, and are glazed with the sauce and mixed with the other ingredients, 1 to 2 minutes more.
Transfer the noodles to a serving plate. Top with the remaining bean sprouts, cilantro sprigs, green onions and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over the noodles.
Yield: 2 servings
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