Recently, I strolled along a popular shopping alley in Bangkok’s old quarter called Bang Lam Pu.  I spotted several food vendors selling ‘Paad Thai’, Thai fried noodle.  It should not be surprising that this famous dish is called Paad Thai, which literally means ‘fried in Thai style’.  It is a good example of Thai dishes influenced by foreign ingredients and harmoniously spiced up in Thai style.

Actually, the full name of this tasty noodle in Thai is ‘Guay Tiew Paad Thai’ which means Thai Fried Noodle. Of course, noodle originated in China. However, by adding various ingredients and seasoned to Thai taste, it turns into a unique dish that becomes one of the most popular Thai dishes around the world.

I did some research about the dish and found that Paad Thai was first known outside Thailand during the World War II when the then Prime Minister, Gen. Plaek Pibulsongkram, included this dish in his plan to promote Thai Nationalism and rice export. This is another reason that this noodle dish is called Paad Thai.

some of main ingredients for making Paad Thai

some of main ingredients for making Paad Thai

It is not difficult to cook Paad Thai. The cooking procedure is so simple.  You can use a cooking pan or an iron wok (if you have one). Please look at the recipe at the end of this article.

Take these ingredients into the frying pan.. you would get your Paad Thai

Take these ingredients into the frying pan.. you would get your Paad Thai

First, heat the pan at high heat, add cooking oil.  I always use olive oil for my cooking but any kind of cooking oil is fine. Wait until the oil heated and put the noodle and other gradients in the pan and start stirring. Add a little of water to soften the ingredients a little bit. Keep stirring until it’s almost cooked. Then, add fish sauce, palm sugar, vinegar or lime juice or tamarind juice and ground chili. Stir for another 10 seconds  (during this time, if you like, you may add an egg into it). Then your dish is ready to serve

Moreover, you can replace the rice noodle with spaghetti, pane or vermicelli. Many people like to eat this dish with fresh herbs and spices such as bean sprouts, red onion, sliced banana flowers and Chinese garlic chives but I like to eat it off the pan like this.

Paad Thai...ready to serve!

Paad Thai…ready to serve!

Paad Thai Recipe:

  • 90 g. of Rice Noodle (or less if you are on a low – carb diet)
  • 50 g. of bean sprouts
  • 2 table spoons of green Chinese garlic chives (Bai Khuen Chai)
  • 2 table spoons of dried shrimps
  • 1 table spoon of chopped preserved radish
  • 2 table spoons of sliced hard tofu
  • 2 table spoons of ground peanuts
  • 1 egg (if you like)
  • 3-4 fresh shrimps, cleaned and unshelled

For seasonings, you need fish sauce, palm sugar, ground chili, tamarind juice or lime juice.  All the seasonings will be added at your taste.

Enjoy your Paad Thai!