Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Store Bought Pad Thai Mix Recommendation and Recipe!
Today's entry is more of a recommendation than an actual recipe! I love Pad Thai!!! I don't like ordering it in Thai restaurants because I know I can just make it at home for around $3-4 for twice as much! The first time I had Pad Thai it was homemade! So that may be why I love it so much....because the first time tasted amazing! Maiben, one of my best friends that I met when I was 16 on an archaeological dig, and I were staying with one of our museum bosses (Monica and her husband Walter) before we left to be counselors for the Alabama Museum of Natural History's Summer Expedition Program (archaeology and paleontology kids/adults camp). Her husband made us Pad Thai for dinner and made the sauce from scratch using tamarind and fish sauce with all the optional fixings to put on top! Delicious! Thanks for getting me addicted Walter! : ) I have tried a few times to make the sauce myself, but I am quite partial to "A Taste of Thai" brand Pad Thai mix. I am not a fan of "Thai Kitchen" Pad Thai, but I love their curry pastes. This is as close to restaurant taste that I have found and is about $2 for a box that includes the noodles and sauce, you have to add the meat, eggs, bean sprouts, green onion, cilantro, lime wedges, and roasted peanuts (all optional items). Nothing beats the joy of making homemade, but this is much faster! Some stores carry the "A Taste of Thai" instant Pad Thai, that is not the same thing, those are single servings you just microwave in a bowl. Only a few stores carry this, and I believe Publix has quit carrying it, so look around for it, or order online.
You add what type of meat you like to use, I usually use fried tofu, but used sliced chicken today. Follow directions and add what additional items you like, I like all recommended items including green onion and cilantro and I like my mung bean sprouts to still have a slight crunch to them. You soak the noodles in hot water for 30 minutes first.
The price for the pad thai below is for a pack of 6 boxes. Not bad if you can't find it in store.