by Saiphin Moore from School of Wok (schoolofwok.co.uk)
Prep: 10 Mins
Cook: 10 Mins
Saiphin Moore from UK's most popular Thai chain Rosa’s Thai Cafe visited School of Wok and showed us how to cook the most authentic Pad Thai.
300g (10oz) rice noodles, soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then drained
8–10 prawns, shelled, deveined and heads removed, if preferred
2 tablespoons dried turnip (or pickled, preserved, dried turnip or radish, or grated fresh turnip or radish, alternatively omit)
2 handfuls of bean sprouts
Bunch of Chinese chives or 2 spring onions, chopped
50g fried tofu, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons palm sugar
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
Chilli powder, to taste
4 tablespoons roasted peanuts, crushed
1. First make the Pad Thai sauce. You can make a big batch and keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
2. Fry the shallots in cooking oil over medium heat until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
3. Add palm sugar and tamarind paste to the shallots and mix well until the sugar is fully dissolved.
4. Add fish sauce and dark soy sauce and cook for 2 minutes until the sauce thickens and golden brown. Set aside.
5. Now for the Pad Thai. Add cooking oil to the wok over medium high heat.
6. Add eggs straight in and scramble it up.
7. Add prawns to the half-cooked eggs and cook for about 2-3 minutes until the prawns are cooked through.
8. Add the noodles, Pad Thai sauce and turn up to high heat. Mix well and cook for about a minute until the noodles take on the golden brown colour.
9. Add the turnips and tofu and stir for just 30 seconds.
10.Turn off the heat and add beansprouts and chives; I like them crunchy so the heat from the noodles will cook them just right. Serve with the garnish.