Although Thai food is one of the more popular Asian foods in the U.S., I am a relatively new lover of this particular gourmet. The first time I enjoyed Thai food was when I was 21, visiting my friend Jenn while she was in undergrad in Miami. She ordered an assortment of dishes, and I was instantly hooked on the savory-sweet combinations of curries, noodles, and finger foods. Since then, I have had a number of dishes in Thai restaurants — Las Vegas has quite a few excellent restaurants.
Thailand also has the distinction of being the first (and pretty much only, except for an eight-hour layover in Narita, Japan) non-North American country I have actually visited. In a way, in my first post on the blog, I am cheating by going with a dish from a country I have been to. After all, the point of this blog is to “travel” the world without leaving my own kitchen!
When I came across this recipe online, I was immediately intrigued. Pad Thai is extremely low on the list of dishes I enjoy eating at Thai restaurants. In fact, I never order it and even told my sister to skip it at her first visit to a Thai restaurant last year. The reason I don’t care for Pad Thai is it’s usually sickeningly sweet. I trusted the blogger’s claim that this was not like that, and found it was correct.
In order to make this dish, I had to go to our local Asian market. We only have two in my city. Needless to say, I found a lot of fun things during my trip.
I assembled all of my ingredients and got to work.
I started by chopping everything up.
And then I got to work. I followed the instructions in the blog post, sans the peanuts. I forgot to pick some of those up.
The result was absolutely delicious. Savory, umami, salty, and just a little hint of sweet. It was perfect. With the first bite, I immediately flew back to Thailand. It had none of that overly sweet taste I detected so often in restaurant Pad Thai. Instead, it was just like I was sitting outside in Thailand, slurping noodles and savoring each bite.
I will definitely be making this one again.
For the complete recipe, visit this post.