Pad Thai literally means a dish with a rice noodle base, and it is often served on the streets of Thailand.
I used to be a vegetarian however due to health reasons went back to eating chicken. I have chicken quite often nowadays,so decided to go back to one of my vegetarian meals, and it was so tasty!
The Thai sauces were soaked up in the fried tofu (I fried the tofu myself rather than buying it already fried) and for those people who do not eat tofu -try this one as when it is crisp, it almost tastes like cheese.
The scrambled egg and roasted peanuts also gave it added flavour and texture, and I added slightly cooked beans as a side dish.
Ingredients 110 g medium rice noodles
130 - 200 g firm Tofu, cut into cubes
1 clove garlic
75 ml hot vegetable stock
½ bunch spring onions, finely sliced
Juice of a lime
1 egg, beaten
¾ tsp fish sauce
1 tsp Tamarind paste
2 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
1 small chilli, chopped
About 40 g beansprouts
50 g roasted peanuts
Bit of coriander (optional)
If making beans, cut and wash the beans ready for microwaving.
Cook the rice noodles as per the packet instructions. Drain.
Heat a bit of oil in a wok over a medium heat, and add the tofu.
Cook for about 10 minutes or until it is brown all over.
Remove the tofu and put on a plate.
Put a bit more oil in the pan and add the garlic, chopped finely or minced. Cook for about 30 seconds and then add the egg and scramble. Remove from pan and put on the plate.
Add a bit more oil and when it is hot, add the drained noodles. Stir them gently to coat with the oil.
Pour the hot stock, lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste, and soy sauce onto this and stir to combine.
Let this cook for a few minutes, then sprinkle over the chili and stir through.
Add half the peanuts, the spring onions, the beansprouts, tofu and stir-fry for about a minute.
Add the scrambled egg.
Meanwhile, microwave the beans for about a minute, or to your taste.
Stir the scrambled eggs slightly to combine, put on serving dishes, and scatter the rest of the peanuts over each one.
You could also add coriander as a garnish, however mine in my garden had "gone to seed" so I had none!