Pad Thai is the most famous dish in Thailand– the land of yummy soups, stir-fries, great curries, and noodle dishes. Pad Thai is a common fixture in most restaurants and food outlets of Thailand. This great amalgam of rice noodles, shrimp, chicken, beef, tofu, peanuts, scrambled egg, bean sprouts, and vegetables enjoys huge demand.
The soft power of Pad Thai is well illustrated in the words of Meghan Markle, writer, and wife of Prince Harry. She notes the huge contribution made by Pad Thai in enriching Thai tourism and travel.
“Food makes travel so exceptional because you get to taste what it’s actually supposed to taste like. To eat the real Pad Thai or finally have a proper curry is something pretty amazing,” Markle noted.
In making Pad Thai, the ingredients are sautéed together in a wok to ensure even heat distribution. Then the dish is tossed in sauce rendering the signature tangy salty flavor with a tinge of sweetness.
Before trying out the Pad Thai recipe knowing the key ingredients of Pad Thai is important. They include rice noodles, eggs, tofu, bean sprouts, peanuts, green onions, garlic, red chili pepper, palm sugar, fish sauce, lime, and shrimp or chicken.
Types of Pad Thai
Now take a look at some of the Pad Thai variants.
• Chicken Pad Thai: Chicken Pad Thai could be the nicest way to eat rice noodles along with plenty of vegetables and chicken pieces.
• Gluten-free shrimp Pad Thai: It is an amazingly filling course of yummy noodles coated in a spicy sauce that has a topping of fastidious shrimp and crunchy peanuts.
• Gluten-free Vegetarian Pad Thai: It is packed with veggies and the topping is peanut sauce emitting the best flavor. The grand mix of rice and sweet potato noodles adds a new freshness and packs so many extra nutrients.
Although the exact origins of Pad Thai are unclear, its roots are traced to China. Former Thai PM Plaek Phibunsongkhram made a big contribution to shaping Pad Thai as the national dish of Thailand.
Phibun, who changed the country’s name from Siam to Thailand was keen on showcasing a national dish to foster national pride and unity. The re-engineering of the dish in terms of new ingredients such as bean sprouts, peanuts, onions, and eggs brought it a distinct personality unlike the Chinese noodles and the Pad Thai soared in popularity.
Health attributes of Pad Thai
Pad Thai has many health-giving properties reinforced further by a Fox News report that noted Pad Thai has been a top choice as one of the quarantine comfort foods in recent months. Quoting data from Uber Eats, it said in the U.S. and Canada after the Coronavirus pandemic national emergency, French fries were the first choice followed by Pad Thai in at least 35 states.