Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pad Thai

  • Pad Thai Recipe

  • 1/2 package Thai rice noodles
  • 1 -1/3 cup bean sprouts Optional
  • 1/2 banana flower Optional
  • 1-1/2 cup Chinese chives Optional
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon preserved turnip Optional
  • 1/3 cup extra firm tofu
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 tablespoons peanuts Optional
  • 1/2-1/4 lb shrimp Optional
  • ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry chili peppers
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 egg

Pad Thai Origin

This Pad Thai recipe  actually originated from  Bangkok, Thailand and comes from testing hundreds of different variations from food carts all over the city. Pad Thai is the pinnacle of street food. While "street food" may sound dirty and unappetizing , food cart cooks are in such  competitive situations. Due to the circumstances of having  limited space, ingredients and tools, they need to specialize in a dish or two just to stay in business. These accomplishing cooks have cooked the same dish day-after-day, year-after-year, and consistently perfecting this dish.
The ideal Pad Thai is dry, light bodied, fresh, complex, and  balanced flavor. It should be reddish and brownish color and not bright red and oily like I've seen in the US. The ingredients listed above can be somewhat frightening ,but many are optional. If you would like to make authentic Pad Thai, just like in Thailand, then use all of these ingredients.
Alternatively, Pad Thai is a perfect vegetarian dish, just remove shrimp and replace soy sauce for fish sauce. Add more tofu if you want.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Through out my whole entire life, eating has been a big part of it. I eat in every emotion ranging from sadness to happiness. I personally believe that food is a cure to every problem that a person my encounter. Ever since i was a kid, I have eaten an assorted kinds of food from different countries and cultures, but the kind of food that makes my taste buds running has to be thai food. Thai cuisines are based on an array  spices ranging from chillies, shallot, cardamon, basil, kaffir lime, mint, and etc. Thai foods are very spicy sometimes to the point where if an american has it, he or she will have to go to the hospital to get his stomach checked out due to intense stomach acne caused by the spices. For instance, there is a dish called " Basil Chicken", which is consisted of very spicy chilly peppers, basil, chicken meat, sugar, fish-sauce, oyster sauce, and vegetable oil. Additionally, this dish will have your stomach grumbling and crying for water. However, there are some exceptions. There is a dish which is not as spicy, but are on the same level in terms of deliciousness. The name of this dish is " Pad Thai", which is consisted of thai noodles, butter, sugar, fish sauce, bean sprouts, lime, peanuts, and scallions. This dish is perfectly suitable for people with sweet taste buds. Thank you so much, I will continue to expose all of my loyal viewers to these exotic foods.