I have overindulged recently. Both my husband and I have been incredibly busy with work, it was my birthday which resulted in lots of eating out and this weekend it was a friend’s wedding in the UK with plenty of food and a free bar… It is fair to say that I plan to enjoy my apartment a bit more this week after work! Saying that I know only too well how easy it to order a take out or to be tempted to go for some dinner and drinks with friends after a long day in the office. Which is exactly why I have Pad Thai on this weeks menu – fast, easy and fresh!
Pad Thai is one of those dishes that we all know and love. It is a classic and a real favourite take away option worldwide. I have yet to find a decent pad thai in Berlin as I find that the spice is pitched towards German palates which is why I love to make my own at home where I can add plenty of heat.
This recipe is a quick and easy one to rustle up and can easily be adapted to feed vegetarians or meat eaters. I usually make mine with prawns but tofu or chicken also go down well!
- 1 pack prawns (de-frosted if cooking from frozen)
- Handful of beansprouts
- Small bunch Thai basil (roughly torn)
- Small bunch fresh coriander (roughly chopped)
- 1 onion (peeled and finely sliced)
- 2 spring onions (finely sliced)
- 1 red pepper (sliced)
- 2 stalks lemongrass (peeled and finely chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
- 1 tbpsn dark soy sauce
- 1 tbpsn rice wine vinegar
- 100g dried rice noodles
- 2 medium free range eggs (beaten)
- Ground black pepper/ salt
- Sunflower oil
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 small red chillies (finely sliced)
- 2 tspn tamarind paste
- Heat 1 tbpsn sunflower oil in a large frying pan/ wok. Add the onions and red pepper and cook on a medium heat with a pinch of salt.
- Add the lemongrass, rice wine vinegar, tamarind, garlic and lime juice to a pestle and mortar. Bash the ingredients together until well combined. Add to the pan and give it a good mix.
- Boil the kettle and add the rice noodles to a bowl. Pour in the hot water and leave to soak for around 4-5 minutes.
- Add the beansprouts and soy sauce to the pan and give everything a good mix.
- Add half the Thai basil and coriander to the pan. Mix in the fresh chillies.
- Add the peanuts to a chopping board and with a rolling pin gently crush them.
- Drain the noodles and run some cold water through them to stop them from sticking. Add the rice noodles and the prawns to the pan. Push everything to one side of the pan and then in the space pour in the egg mixture. Turn up the heat and then with two spoons gently toss everything in the pan. Keep doing this for a few minutes until all the ingredients are covered in the egg and the egg starts to scramble.
- Take the pan off the heat and mix in the rest of the Thai basil and coriander and the spring onions. Season with a bit of black pepper and serve with the crushed peanuts on top.