Thailand is known for having an amazing variety of food. Why, then, in the midst of the array, does Pad Thai stand out? This dish is a classic for Thai people. It is not one of the fancier, more flavorful dishes, but a simple one. What makes people queue at a crowded street stall to enjoy some of this basic fare?
What is Pad Thai made of?
This fried noodle street food classic is basically noodles tossed with some egg and tofu, and flavored with dried shrimp, tamarind, palm sugar, garlic, shallots, chilli, and the all-important fish sauce. It is often served with a handful of roasted peanuts on top, with some slices of lime and green onion on the side.
History of Pad Thai
Thai food has long included fried noodles. They have been traced all the way back to the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Still, it was many years later during the second world war that Pad Thai, as it is known today, came to be. A nationwide rice shortage caused the government to encourage the eating of noodles instead. Soon, Pad Thai became popular. Until this day, some people continue to cook Pad Thai with the original recipe from back then.
What makes Pad Thai special?
Pad Thai is highly regarded as an exceptionally tasty dish all around the world. Though it may seem like just a humble street food dish, Pad Thai has its own history. Many people believe that Pad Thai cannot be thought of as a Thai food, since many of its ingredients have roots elsewhere. Stir-fried noodles, for one, actually hail from China. That being said, it is still clear that Pad Thai was created with Thai flavors in mind. Thai food is known for finding a balance of five different flavors: sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and bitter. Pad Thai is a great example of that. You can still flavor Pad Thai to suit your taste, and even add other special ingredients to mix it up a bit.
Each vendor usually serves their own Pad Thai recipe. At Thai Square, we pride ourselves on sourcing quality Pad Thai ingredients from Thailand. We use Chanburi rice noodles, peanuts, soybean tofu, and fresh eggs. Come grab a plate of this delicious dish any time for lunch, dinner, or even a snack.
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