Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pad Thai

You have probably heard of Pad Thai - it is perhaps the most well-known (and most loved!) Thai dish. It is also often the dish that is recommended to those having Thai cuisine for the very first time.

While people are always raving about how amazing Pad Thai is, many who have tried and love the dish cannot accurately describe the ingredients! In honor of Pad Thai, one of the most popular entrees at Bangkok Thai Restaurant, here is a "Pad Thai history lesson" for you.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai - or
ผัดไทย in Thai - is a traditional dish that includes stir-fried rice noodles, a choice of (typically) chicken, shrimp, tofu or pork, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili peppers, and bean sprouts. There are several variations on Pad Thai, of course. In Thailand, the Pad Thai is generally lighter and dryer than the Pad Thai served in other parts of the world, but at Bangkok Thai Restaurant, our Pad Thai is made just the way we'd make it if we were in Thailand! In fact, in Thailand, Pad Thai is sold on the streets by food vendors, and is one of the most popular street foods.

Preparation of Pad Thai involves soaking of the rice noodles, which is quite the process. Rice noodles should be moderately solid yet flex
ible, not soft, so it is often difficult to determine just how long to soak your rice noodles. Perfect rice noodles lead to a perfect Pad Thai, which is often served with a sprinkling of coarsely chopped peanuts and a lime.

Depending on how brave you are, Pad Thai - like all of Bangkok Thai Restaurant's menu items - can be ordered mild, medium, hot, or 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 star hot (you may want to ask your server if the chili's are especially hot on any given day before ordering!)

Photo courtesy of http://www.ruenthai.nl/.

Remember, in addition to our famous Pad Thai, we have a full menu with incredible Thai entrees. Whether you prefer rice dishes or noodle dishes, there's something for everyone at Bangkok Thai Restaurant. You can click the link to our Menu on the lower right-hand side of the website, OR you can click the big green MENU at the top of the page.

We're looking forward to dining with you this week!

Bangkok Thai Restaurant

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