Thursday, November 09, 2006

Pad Thai With Shrimp

Pad Thai with Shrimp

8 oz. small size rice noodles
3 T tomatoe sauce or tamarind paste
2 T veg. oil
1 T pickled radish
3 T sugar
1/3 c water or chicken stock
1 egg
3 T fish sauce
1/2 lb shrimp, cleaned and shelled
1 handful bean sprouts (fresh); chopped once or twice
2 oz green onions, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 T finely chopped peanuts

1. Soak the rice noodles in cold tap water about 20 minutes, until
they are "springy". Then drain in a colander until needed.

2. If using dried tamarind, soak the tamarind in hot water for awhile,
then mash with a fork to soften. Force as much of the mixture as
you can through a seive to remove bits of bark, etc.

3. Heat oil in wok, and add the tamarind/tomato sauce, picked radish,
and sugar. Mix well and let heat up.

4. Add the noodles, small portions at a time, and and that water/stock.
Mix well until all the noodles are coated with the mixture. Add more
liquid if necessary -- it will cook out. Don't be easy on the
noodles -- chop them with the spatula or spoon some to separate them.
It may help to "toss" the noodles like a salad, to get them coated.

5. Beat the egg and mix with the noodles. Add the fish sauce and shrimp.
Mix everything thoroughly. The noodles will tend to "clump", so stir
or "toss" like a salad to get everything mixed, and to ensure that the
egg and shrimp cook thoroughly. It will help to cover the wok with
a lid for a minute or so, then toss the mixture, then cover again.
You'll know it's done when the shrimp are completely pink. There may
be a little browning of the noodles; stirring will keep them from

6. Add the bean sprouts, green onions, and chopped peanuts. Mix well,
then turn off the heat and let stand a minute or so. Serve.


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