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Thai National Dish

  • Feb 28, 2010
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 the noodle used for Pho and Pad Thai. The only difference lies in the cooking method, ie. one is soupy while the other is stir-fried.

So, what's the secret to making a good plate of Pad Thai? For me to do it on my own, it's way too complicated when I could just get it around the corner. What you need to do, if you should choose to even bother, is to read this recipe first. Then if it sounds simple enough, give it a try ;-) Another alternative is the Vegetarian Pad Thai recipe from Epicurious.com.

Pad Thai is relatively cheap in both Bangkok & Shenzhen (I got mine at US$3 with a starter & dessert!) hence it doesn't make sense at all for me to even think about cooking it! One thing about Pad Thai is that if you don't like it sweet, remember to tell the waitress to omit the sugar. Most of the time the chef simply leave it on the side. I don't know about you, but I don't like sugar in my Pad Thai at all!
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March 07, 2010
Does it come with fried peanuts ? I tried some Pad Thai in Toronto, and it served with peanuts.
March 02, 2010
mmmmm....love pad thai and I can't get enough of it! Food...food....FOOODDDD!!!! LOL
March 01, 2010
Wow, I didn't know that this was the national dish of Thailand, but somehow, I'm not surprised ;) I'll have mine with extra peanut sauce and lime, please!
March 01, 2010
Tom Yam and Pad Thai are both Thai National Dish. :-)
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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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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.

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