PAD THAI

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced very thin
  • 6 large peeled and deveined shrimp
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. rice noodles
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced in thin strips
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 to 2 C bean sprouts
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/3 to 1/2 C chopped, unsalted cashews
  • fresh chopped cilantro
  • lime wedges
  • FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 2 TBLS soy sauce
  • 2 TBLS cashew butter
  • 1 TBLS peanut butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 TBLS fish sauce
  • 2 TBLS rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili paste
  • few dashes of white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
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I love Thai food…I typically do not order Pad Thai because I am not a real fan of peanuts/peanut butter. So, it got me thinking…could I come up with a recipe for Pad Thai that uses my favorite nut…cashews. Yes…yes I did…and it is amazing! It’s funny because I went through my pantry and fridge and actually came up with a sauce from all of the asian condiments I already had on hand.

You know I am all about cooking more at home. Once you make this recipe, you may never order Pad Thai in any restaurant ever again…well, at least that’s my goal! A few things to note about this recipe:

  • You will want to prep all of the ingredients before you start cooking…the cooking process is rather quick…have everything at the ready
  • Use whatever protein you wish…I used chicken and shrimp…you can substitute/add tofu
  • I made this cashew-based…if you like the more traditional peanut-based recipe…go for it
  • I have a total dislike for green onions…if you love them…put them in
  • Use your favorite veggies…I used red bell pepper and bean sprouts…
  • The sauce ingredients are key to this recipe…so I would try not to substitute…all of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store
  • Use a wok…it makes for a quicker cook/sear…I used this one from All-Clad

START soaking your noodles first according to the package directions. I found that I had to soak mine a bit longer than the directions. I actually changed the water once…it probably took about 30 minutes…I would probably heat up water on the stove the next time…hot tap water did not seem “hot” enough. You want to get them to just under done…they will cook a bit more in the sauce.

Heat up to medium-high a tablespoon of olive oil in a wok. Add your sliced chicken and allow to cook through…transfer to plate and reserve. Add a touch more olive oil and cook your shrimp until they are no longer translucent and turn pink. Transfer to plate when finished.

Add a touch more olive oil to the pan. Add the red bell pepper (or other veggies of your choice…not the sprouts) along with the garlic/shallots. Stir fry for about one to two minutes…do NOT burn your garlic/shallots. Stir often. Add in the beaten eggs and stir so as to scramble.

Add the reserved sauce and noodles to the pan. Be sure to rinse your noodles prior to adding to the stir fry pan. Stir to coat and allow to cook a few minutes. Add the shrimp, chicken and bean sprouts to the pan and allow to heat up. Toss in the cashews…reserve a tablespoon for topping on the finished dish.

Plate in big bowls with fresh lime wedges and top with chopped cashews and fresh chopped cilantro! ENJOY!

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