Pad Thai

by Jenn on May 9, 2009

in Dairy Free,Gluten Free,Pastas and Grains,Seafood

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I LOVE Thai food.  I love the mix of lime, cilantro, and spicy and sweet all together in one dish, and this dish is the epitome of all that I love about Thai food (well, except maybe some coconut curries because I love those too).  I have tried to just “create” pad thai before, but I never seemed to get the flavor quite right.  Now, I think I finally have it.  I started with this pad thai recipe as a base to work from, and then took over from there, adding in some ingredients, substituting others…well you know how I cook :)

I really did want to make everything from scratch, but I can’t find where to buy tamarind for the life of me.  I linked to all of the Thai Kitchen products that I used, because I love that brand since they actually say gluten free right on them.  Actually, most southeast Asian food is gluten free, which is great.  I don’t think I know of any Thai food for example that uses wheat.  The pad thai sauce I used from them has that sweet/sour tamarind flavor though, so I considered it a good substitute.  I just used a lot more than the original recipe because I like a lot of sauce.  The original recipe also didn’t seem like it would taste like peanuts, so I added in some peanut butter too.  I also added in the other veggies since it was looking pretty sparse in the dish and well, I like to see a lot of green on my plate :)

This was a really easy recipe, and this in my opinion made way more than the 4 servings listed in the original recipe.  I would really call it 8 servings, like the box of pasta said it was, especially once you add in everything else.

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Chris May 9, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I love Thai food too!
Yes, tamarind is kind of elusive. I have found actual tamarind pods from time to time at Whole Foods. Otherwise, ethnic groceries are your best bet. I finally picked up tamarind concentrate and tamarind paste so now I have no excuses!
If nothing in your area works, might want to try ordering online: http://www.importfood.com/
Good luck!

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