If making Pad Thai was your New Years resolution then this is a story for you… read on my friend, read on.
It’s time to say goodbye to 2015; the old suit, last years fashion and the out of date milk… or maybe just plain old out of date, and hello to 2016; the new puppy dog, the fresh threads, the shiny new car and the virgin princess.
That’s right, the New Year has welcomed it’s own self into our lives like a cheeky little gypsy squatter. Yep, 2016 is here and it is here to stay. Now is probably also a good time to bring to point out that it’s not just for Christmas, it’s for life… or at least the next 365 days…
I know it is customary in these times we live in, to make a resolution of some description. You probably want to better yourself and just make yourself a nicer person to be around and I think that is kinda reasonable because let’s face it, you are a bit of a dick but I’m sure with a good positive attitude and the help of the New Years Resolution Gods you can overcome this little hurdle and push on to become a more bearable human being.
Me on the other hand, I’m not really bothered with that whole resolution thing. Too worried about failing at this shit one more year so just staying well away from the whole thing… Well, maybe that’s a bit of a lie (bare with me here). Not more than two weeks ago my brother Matt did send my a pic of a classic Thai noodle dish called Pad Thai that he had made for his dinner. The pic made me want Pad Thai… I could taste it and I knew that with my self judged pro rank at making this aforementioned dish, it was something that I would need to cook for myself (and possibly 14 other people because, like it’s Italian cousin the pasta, this is one of those dishes that I always cook a heap too much of… the neighbours don’t seem to mind though).
Right there and then I decided that I would make Pad Thai on New Years Day. That was my New Years resolution and I was going to try my darndest to stick to it and it was indeed a resolution that was swiftly and efficiently fulfilled.
New Years Day dinner equaled a big fat wok full of prawn and chicken Pad Thai with chilli jam, some soy and garlic greens and Thai-esque coleslaw. I am fucking ruling at 2016 already. Bring on the rest of the year!
PAD THAI (serves at least 6 as part of a banquette)
Some dried flat rice noodles (however many you reckon because let’s face it; it really doesn’t effing matter how much you soak because it’s always going to be enough to feed a medium to large Thai village anyways), soaked in warm water until just cooked but still a little firm in the middle AKA al dente. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have some fresh rice noodles with-in your grasp, you go ahead and use them
10 large king prawns or possibly lobster (if the extra cash in your pockets is weighing your pants down and you’re starting to look a little too much like a 90s homeboy) peeled, de-veined and chopped into 2-3 pieces
300-400g chicken thigh (for me) or breast (for other people), chopped into small bite sized pieces. It is also totally feasible to use the left over roast chicken from last night, which is what I did actually do
2 tablespoons each salted radish (chopped) and dried shrimp
1 bunch garlic chives, chopped into 1 inch pieces
Pad Thai sauce (recipe below)
Bean shoots, coriander, crisp eshallots and roasted peanuts
Lime, fish sauce and chilli jam (a recipe will follow in the coming days/weeks) to serve
• Get your wok hot. I mean hot. Like the super model crisping up in the midday sun sans Evian hot. Add a splash of oil and then crack the eggs in and scramble them really fast. Once they are cooked put them on a plate and set aside
• Add a little more oil and let the wok heat up again. Add the prawns, chicken, salted radish and shrimp and fry for 1 minute
• Add the noodles and egg and stir fry for another minute
• Now add most of the Pad Thai sauce (reserve a little to adjust seasoning at the end if necessary), a handful of coriander and bean shoots, and a few garlic chives, crisp eshallots and peanuts. Toss
• It is now one minute later and your Pad Thai is ready
• Check seasoning and adjust with reserved Pad Thai sauce if necessary
• Serve garnished with extra garlic chives, bean shoots, coriander, eshallots, peanuts and heaps of lime for squeezy tang
• Good work
Pad Thai Sauce
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup tamarind puree
½ cup grated light palm sugar
• Whack it all in a jar and shake it up until the palm sugar is dissolved
That’s it; Pad Thai like a boss. Stay tuned for our foodisthebestshitever Easter food ideas real soon… only three months ahead of time – just like the supermarkets!
20 responses to “Chicken and Prawn Pad Thai Noodles for your New Years Resolution”
I would do this. Er…question what are crisp eshallots? Great recipe.
Deep fried little onions. Used heaps in South East Asia. Great for crunch and oniony tastiness 👍
thanks I’ll look for a picture.
I was just talking to my brother about making pad Thai. Great stuff. Loving all the color in the dish.
Get on it!!! 👍😁
Amazing … I am drooling. I will be rushing off to buy (!) the appropriate noodles and bean sprouts! And um … prawns and all the other bits and bobs that I so obviously don’t grow here!
Magic. That’s the type of result I was looking for!!! Enjoy 👍
Happy New Year darlin!!
And yeah – I’m over the resolution thing too, just try and be a good human and you’ll be alright.
That’s what it’s all about! 👊
You do make some absolutely to shit dishes….very happy new year to you, my friend:)
I’ll take that as a compliment! Cheers 😁
Lovely pad. I don’t go with the resolution stuff. It is a pathetic effort at self delusion by most. The gym to which I drag my tired body will be packed for the next three weeks. The crop of ‘fit for 2016’ suckers will arrive, hand over a year’s membership and do two weeks of looking at themselves in the mirror. After that, peace will be restored and those of us who have a real commitment can get on with it. The same holds true of diet and inventiveness in the kitchen. Let’s see them make a few salads and low fat fish dishes. They will be back at the burger bar by mid Feb.
God, I’m a cynic.
Happy New Year,
Very well said my friend! Here’s to the 2016 New Years resolutioners!!!
Happy Nw Year 😜
Oh my god that looks good. You definitely rule.
Hahaha. Cheers my friend. You definitely say some nice words 😜👊
THIS LOOKS SO AMAZING.
I love that people love chicken breast. Like bye have the dry meat. I want juicy juicy dark meat 😊👏
Yussssss. This is my kind of summer eating, other than Mexican of course. Aaron does complain that our diet is devoid in Asian cuisine so maybe I should follow your lead and make a big ol’ wok full of pad thai. And I’m glad to hear that chefs also use last night’s leftover roast chicken 😉
Leftover dinner never goes to waste around here. Growing up not rich with two younger brothers who are bigger than me made sure of that!! 😁