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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Shrimp Pad Thai

My lunch today is Shrimp Pad Thai.  

Shrimp Pad Thai
Recipe source from Season With Spice with slight changes

Rice Noodles (Kueh Teow) for two servings
5 tbsp cooking oil
4 cloves garlic - chopped finely
1 extra firm tofu – cut into sliced into bite-sized cubes
5 - 10 medium-sized fresh shrimp
1 tsp chili powder
2 eggs
1 cup of bean sprouts
A handful of chive stalks – cut into 2-inch length pieces
White pepper to taste

Pad Thai seasoning sauce: 
3 tbsp tamarind pulps – mixed in 1/3 cup of warm water, then strained out the juice
2 tbsp palm sugar (or dark brown sugar)
2 tbsp fish sauce

Condiments and garnishes (serve according to your preference) 
Lime wedges
Crushed peanuts
Garlic chives
Fresh bean sprouts
Dried red chili flakes

1. Soak the rice stick noodles in warm water for about 15 minutes, then drain. Set aside.
2. Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a wok or frying pan. Once oil is hot, add in the bean curd pieces and 
     stir-fry until they are crisp and lightly brown. Should take about 5 minutes. Set tofu aside.
4. In the same work or pan, add in garlic and stir-fry over medium heat for a minute or until
     fragrant. Add in the noodles. Pour the sauce and dried red chili flakes over the noodles. 
     Turn the fire back up and stir quickly to keep the noodles from sticking. Add a little bit of 
     water if the noodles are still hard. Add in the shrimp and the cooked tofu. Continue to 
     stir-fry over high heat for one or two minutes, adding more oil if necessary.

5. When the shrimp is almost cooked, push all the ingredients to one side of the wok. Then 
     add in two more tablespoons of oil on the other side and crack the two eggs onto the oil. 
     Let the eggs cook for about 15 seconds before thoroughly mixing them into the noodles.

6. Toss in the bean sprouts and garlic chives. Stir them into the noodles, and stir-fry for
     another 30 seconds. Turn fire off and add in white pepper. 

7. Dish out and serve with condiments and garnishes.

  You may add extra chili powder or chili flakes if you want the noodles to be a little more