One of my all-time favourite dishes is Pad Thai. It’s a meal that consistently satisfies, and it’s not only delicious but also easy to prepare. We’re always on the lookout for versatile and convenient recipes. The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily transform it from a Chicken Pad Thai into a Beef Pad Thai. Just substitute the chicken with thinly sliced beef sirloin and follow the same steps to create a flavourful Thai dish with a beefy twist! This allows you to learn one recipe, shop for one set of ingredients, and yet offer two different dishes to your family.
About this recipe:
The crucial element of this recipe is the Pad Thai Sauce. Achieving the ideal harmony between acidity, sweetness, and saltiness is paramount. Once you’ve mastered the sauce, you can effortlessly transform this recipe into various variations. Swap chicken for beef, make it vegetarian with tofu, or introduce prawns for a delectable seafood dish.
Nailing the sauce opens the gateway to a plethora of dinner possibilities. Here, we’ve crafted a chicken Pad Thai, but we’ll also provide instructions for a Beef Pad Thai to inspire even more delightful variations.
Ingredients in this Pad Thai recipe:
- Fish sauce
- Brown sugar
- Tamarind puree
- Oyster sauce
- Rice bran oil
- Chicken thighs or Beef sirloin
- Baby spinach
- Spring onions
- Bean shoots
- Red chilli
- Lime, to serve
What is Tamarind Puree?
Tamarind is this cool tropical fruit that looks like a big, brown pod. When you crack it open, you’ll find this tangy, sweet-and-sour pulp that’s kinda sticky. People love using it in cooking ’cause it adds this zesty, unique flavour to all sorts of dishes. Think of it as nature’s own sweet and sour sauce!
Tamarind puree is a ready-to-use version of tamarind paste. It’s often sold in bottles or squeezable containers. Check the international foods aisle or condiments section in large super markets.
Topping Variations for Chicken or Beef Pad Thai
- Cashews: Crushed cashews add a delightful crunch and nutty flavour to your Pad Thai.
- Fresh Thai Basil: Thai basil leaves bring an aromatic and slightly sweet note to the dish.
- Toasted Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds for a nutty and slightly smoky flavour.
- Cucumber Slices: Serve with fresh cucumber slices for a cool and refreshing element.
- Crispy Shallots: Crispy fried shallots or onions can be sprinkled over the top for added texture and savoury depth.
- Thai Sweet Chili Sauce: For those who prefer a sweeter and tangier sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce is a delightful condiment.
Feel free to set these condiments out in small bowls or plates so that everyone can customize their Pad Thai according to their preferences. It’s a great way to make the meal interactive and tailored to individual tastes.Print