March 16, 2017 by Crescentine
I have always been a fan of seafood, shrimps in particular. I have also always been a fan of Thai cuisine so the other day, I decided to make shrimp pad thai! Mon amour loves this dish and what’s not to love? (Unless you’re allergic to seafood of course…)
I used a pack of dried rice stick noodles (medium 1/4 inch) which should be available at your local Asian cooking supplies store, if you live outside of Asia or just at the grocery, if you live in Asia. I highly recommend using rice noodles instead of substituting pasta for it as it really adds to the authenticity of the dish.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Here are the ingredients that you need:
- 500g of medium-sized shrimps, peeled
- One pack of dried or fresh rice noodles (medium 1/4 inch)
- 1 lemon or lime, cut in half
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 leek, sliced into rings
- 250g of flat green beans
- 200g of mung beansprouts
- 30g of dry roast peanuts
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp fish sauce (nuoc mam)
- 1 small bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
- A bunch of coriander / cilantro
- One chopped chili pepper or a pinch of chili pepper flakes
How to prepare the dish:
- If you are using dried rice stick noodles, you have to soak it in cool water for 1 hour before cooking and then boil it in water for 4 minutes, drain and set aside.
- If you’re using fresh noodles then just soak it in cool water for 5 minutes or until the noodles separate, drain and set aside.
- Mix the soy sauce, fish sauce, half the lemon or lime and the chili flakes.
- Put a pan on medium heat and add the oil, stir-fry the garlic, leek, bell pepper and the flat green beans for 2 minutes.
- Add the shrimp and stir-fry for another 2 minutes.
- Add the fresh or cooked rice noodles into the pan, toss to combine.
- Stir in the sauce, mix and toss until the sauce is evenly combined with the rest of the ingredients.
- Remove from heat then add the mung bean sprouts, peanuts and coriander / cilantro, toss to combine. Garnish with rest of the lemon / lime slices. Serve.