Shrimp Pad Thai

Once you make this popular Thai dish at home, you won't turn to take-out as often.

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  • Servings: 6
Shrimp Pad Thai

Source: Everyday Food, May 2004

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces rice-stick noodles
  • 1/4 cup tomato-based chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound peeled and deveined medium shrimp
  • 3 cups bean sprouts, plus more for garnish
  • 8 scallions, trimmed, halved lengthwise, and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Assorted Garnishes (Optional)

  • 1/3 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes
  • Bean sprouts
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in noodles; let soak until softened (but still undercooked), 3 minutes. Drain; rinse under cold water until cool.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together chili sauce, lime juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and anchovy paste. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add shrimp; cook, tossing often, until just opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate.

  3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil along with the noodles and chili-sauce mixture; cook, tossing, until combined, about 1 minute. Add bean sprouts, scallions, and shrimp. Pour in egg; toss until noodles are coated and cooked through, about 2 minutes. Serve, topped with garnishes, if desired.

Cook's Notes

Rice noodles are very delicate; for best results, have the other ingredients cut and measured before you begin, and make sure to undercook the noodles. The combination of anchovy paste and soy sauce is a good substitution for traditional Asian fish sauce, if it's not available.

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