Pad Thai

Pad Thai
Photo by Ben Fink

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. dried baby shrimp
  • ½ cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbs. roasted peanuts, skinned and crushed
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 8 Tbs. peanut or light vegetable oil
  • + 13 more ingredients
    • ¼ block firm tofu
    • 3 Tbs. salted cabbage(I prefer Tien Jin brand), rinsed, drained, and squeezed dry
    • 1-½ tsp. fish sauce
    • 1 small bunch Asian pennywort or arugula
    • ¼ cup water (use as needed, 1 Tbs. at a time)
    • 1 egg
    • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large handful thin rice noodles (about 6 oz.)
    • 1 small handful Chinese chives or 2 scallion tops, cut into 2-inch lengths
    • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar or distilled vinegar
    • 2 to 3 blades Chinese chives or scallions
    • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
    • 2 to 3 wedges fresh banana blossom or Belgian endive

Put the tofu in a pie plate to drain and set another plate on top. Weight it with a heavy canister (about 3 pounds is good) for 2 hours. Slice the tofu into strips. Heat the wok until it feels quite hot. Add 3 Tbs.oil. When the oil is smoking, fry the tofu strips until they’re golden brown and c...

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Variations on Pad Thai

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    • 6 3/4 cups water, divided
    • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
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    • 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts (about 3 ounces)
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