The Lovely Drawer: Pad Thai

When we moved to Oxford,
I fell in love with Thai food.

I'll be honest:
before we moved over,
I don't think I have ever had it.

Why? What? 

Why was I wasting so much of my life?

These are all valid questions.

And to be honest:
I can't give you a good reason. 

I guess it just hadn't made it to Tejas yet.

But oh me-oh-my... 
I fell hard for some Pad Kee Mao
(from Oxford's Old Tom Thai),
and now Thai takeout
is a weekly happening in our home.

The great news is-
there is an Asian supermarket
about 100 yards from our flat.

So now, I just need to put this recipe into use
and save the cash from our takeout bill
for something special.

Who knows...
it could be save up for a vacation to Thailand
when I can go to town on some authentic deliciousness.

Welcome back, Teri,
and thanks for bringing this amazing dish our way.


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Surely everyone likes Pad Thai? Well perhaps if you have a peanut allergy it's not top of your 'to make' list but it's a winner none the less. This recipe is a mixture of handy tips from my neighbour who recently cooked us this yummy dinner and a bit of good old experimentation. Now it's something I'll cook time and time again. 

You can equally enjoy this meal with chicken instead. I know some people get creeped out by seafood. (Personally, I could eat my body weight in the stuff!)

(serves four)

1. Make a marinade for the prawns using the chilli flakes, one garlic clove (minced) and half the coriander (read: cilantro). Marinade for at least an hour but ideally over night.

2. Thinly slice your onion and fry on a medium heat with some vegetable oil in a pan. Mince the other two garlic cloves into the plan and then add the bean sprouts.

3. Meanwhile bring a pot of water to the boil and add your noodles to cook. 

4. Mix the juice of 2 and half of the limes, sugar and fish sauce and chilli sauce in a bowl or jug. Mix well and add to the frying pan.

5. Turn down to a low heat and add your peanut butter, stirring to combine. Then add your prawns and marinade and cook.

6. Once your noodles are cooked, before draining, transfer a ladle's worth into the pad thai pan to give the sauce creaminess. You can add more depending on the consistency you like.

7. Add the noodles to the pad thai pan as well and combine on a low heat. 

8. Pour your peanuts into a blender and pulse until they become small pieces. When your prawns are pink, serve your pad thai with the peanuts sprinkled on top, the rest of your coriander (chopped) and a wedge of lime to squeeze on each.

9. Now you can devour it all! 

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Oh my yum.

Who's having me over for Pad Thai?


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  1. What yummy deliciousness. I can't wait to give this recipe a go!

    Love from South Africa

    Arum Lilea

  2. yummmm pad thai is the only thai thing i like (guilty. i need to try MORE thai food!)
    loving those anthro bowls! i have the same ones :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  3. Ahh my friends and I were just talking about going to get Thai here in Oxford! My favorite Thai dish is usually Pad See Ew, but Pad Thai is a close second! This looks deeeeeelish :)

  4. That looks so delicious!! Even the seafood (which we unfortunately have major allergies to in this house) - but we both miss it!

  5. Looks great, but I'll definitely be using the more traditional method with rice noodles - I can't get enough rice noodles!

  6. I promise to make this for you for breakfast, lunch and dinner when you come to stay….so all that's left to talk about is dates then…x

  7. Dude, I'm totally going with you. We loved it and can't wait to go back. Had some of the best Pad Thai ever!

  8. I add shallots to my pad thai recipe! Makes it even better!

  9. I make this all the time! Definitely one of my fave foods and I'm also partial to red thai curry! You have to go to Thailand - you would love it!! X

  10. We are on a mission in our house to find the best pad thai recipe. This one is definitely going to be in the running!


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