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Pad Thai (or Phat Thai, Thai: ผัดไทย, "Thai style frying") is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce (Thai: น้ำปลา), tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. It is normally served with a piece of lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. Pad Thai is one of Thailand's national dishes.

Two different styles of Pad Thai have evolved: the version most often found in the streets of Thailand, which is relatively dry and light, and the version that seems dominant in many restaurants in the West, which is heavier and may be covered in red oil.

Though the dish had been known in various forms for centuries – it is thought to have been brought to the ancient Thai capital of Ayuthaya by Vietnamese traders – it was first made popular as a national dish by Luang Phibunsongkhram when he was prime minister during the 1930s and 1940s, partly as an element of his campaign for Thai nationalism and centralization, and partly for a campaign to reduce rice consumption in Thailand. The Thai economy at this time was heavily dependent on rice exports; Phibunsongkhram hoped to increase the amount available for export by launching a campaign to educate the poor in the production of rice noodles, as well as in the preparation of these noodles with other ingredients to sell in small cafes and from street carts.

During the recession following World War II, the post-war government of Field Marshall Pibul, desperate in its efforts to revive the Thai economy, looked for ways to stem the massive tide of unemployment. Among the occupations the government aggressively promoted to give the populace a way to earn a living was the production of rice noodles and the operation of noodle shops. Detailed instructions on how to make the noodles and recipes were printed and distributed around the country. From these efforts, rice noodles became firmly rooted in the country and have since become a widespread staple food.

Outside of Thailand, Pad Thai is one of the best-known Thai dishes, and is very popular in Thai restaurants in the United States and Australia.

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review by . February 28, 2010
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Pad Thai Kung
Pad Thai Kung or Phat Thai Kung is Thai rice noodle with seafood (typically prawns, squids). Other than the Tom Yum soup, this has to be the most popular dish in Thailand.       Pad Thai is served both by the side street vendors as well as the highest ranking chefs in Thailand. It is undoubtedly a dish which transcends class and race. The story goes that it was the Vietnamese that had introduced the noodle to the Thai. You do recall that there is afterall a similarity between …
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2010
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I'll have mine with extra peanut sauce & lime please! ;)
Quick Tip by . March 02, 2010
It's a simple dish but it's one that has fed many in Thailand and kept others who have tried it happy & contented. Thailand's National Dish.
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