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  • Seasonal local food recipe No.313 – Frank’s pad thai

    Posted on February 14th, 2016 Janet No comments

    We have spring onions and home-grown bean sprouts in this week’s veg boxes. My husband Frank adapted Felicity Cloake’s perfect pad thai recipe as we were lacking several other ingredients! If you haven’t got palm sugar he recommends using soft brown sugar. If you want a vegetarian pad thai just leave out the prawns.

    Serves 2

    Preparation time: 30 minutes
    pad-thai-camelcsa-140216Cooking time: 10 minutes

    Ingredients
    120g 2-3mm wide flat rice noodles
    60ml fish sauce
    60ml tamarind water (you can use tamarind concentrate, thinned with a little water)
    60g palm sugar
    Pinch of chilli powder, to taste
    80ml groundnut or vegetable oil
    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    100g firm tofu, chopped into small cubes
    8 large prawns
    2 large eggs, beaten with 1 tsp sesame oil
    100g beansprouts
    1 bunch spring onions, chopped
    50g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped, lime wedges, chilli flakes, fish sauce and sugar, to garnish

    Method
    Cook the rice noodles as directed on the packet until pliable but al dente. Drain and rinse with cold water.

    Meanwhile, make the sauce by combining the fish sauce, tamarind and palm sugar in a small pan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar and taste – add more of any of the ingredients as you wish. Season with chilli to taste and set aside.

    Lay out all the ingredients within easy reach of the hob in the order they’ll be used. Put a wok on a high heat and add half the oil. Add the beaten egg and stir fry until cooked, remove from the pan.  Add the rest of the oil and the garlic and spring onions, stir fry for a few seconds. Add the prawns, stir fry until they are starting to turn pink, then add the beansprouts and tofu and stir fry for 30 seconds or so.

    Add the noodles, the cooked egg and the sauce, then stir until heated through and the noodles are soft enough to eat.  Serve with the garnishes for people to add as they wish.

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