Pad Thai

Pad Thai with Chicken and Pineapple

I’ve been a fan of Pad Thai (made with rice noodles, veggies, and meat) ever since visiting Thailand, but I never learned how to make it until Joel got interested. He’s developed a family favorite inspired by a recipe he found on allrecipes.com (excellent source of new recipes) but so much changed that it merits its own recipe. It’s a light, stove-top, meal-in-one that’s great for warm summer nights! He’s what he does:

Make a sauce with:
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
4 tablespoons fish sauce
6 tablespoons white sugar
A sprinkling of red pepper to taste
2 limes, juiced

Prepare vegetables and set aside:
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1 bunch green onions, diced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In a separate bowl, mix together with a fork: 4 eggs
Cut into bite-sized chunks: 1 pound de-boned, tenderized chicken thighs
Skin 4 cloves garlic

*Preheat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok.
*Crush the garlic into the oil and cook at a low heat to release the garlic goodness.
*Turn heat to as high as possible and cook chicken until just done. The chicken will continue to cook after set aside. On our hottest burner, cooking the chicken only takes 2.5 minutes. Set the chicken aside in a bowl.
*In the same wok, add 2 tablespoons of peanut oil. Once oil is heated, add the eggs. Like scrambled eggs, keep the eggs moving constantly until just cooked. Add back in chicken, vegetables, and sauce.
*While all of this is happening in the wok, water should be boiled for the rice noodles (12–14 ounces). Rice noodles only take about ten minutes to cook. NOTE: usually when cooking rice noodles, you turn off the heat right after putting the noodles in the boiling water. Ideally, the noodles finish cooking about the time that the eggs are done cooking. Add noodles to the eggs/chicken/vegetables/sauce.

This dish is bright and zesty (due to the lime juice, garlic, and pepper), and it can “stand on its own” as a meal-in-one, although if you have a fresh pineapple on hand, that can provide a touch of sweetness that will make you feel like you’ve had a light dessert too!

He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame” (Proverbs 10:5).