Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thai Style Noodles


My favorite Thai noodle dish is Pad Kee Mao or Drunken Noodles. Thanks to It's a Vegan World - Thai event, I decided to try this at home. When I searched the web, this recipe looked close to the Pad Kee Mao I get at my favorite Thai restaurant. The nearest Asian store in the neighboring town did not carry the flat sen-yai noodles that this requires. The owner promised to get me some the next day but even a week later, she did not have them. So I figured I'd adapt the recipe with what I had in hand. This turned out a bit different because of the noodles and other variations but still it was one delicious dish! Since this isn't exactly Pad Kee Mao, I'm calling it Thai Style Noodles :)

Thai Style Noodles

Ingredients:
For the marinade:
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp palm sugar
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp red chili flakes

1 tbsp oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped fine
2-3 dry red chilies
1 small onion, chopped
1 small block of tofu cut into small cubes
1 small red pepper, cut into strips
1 bunch spring onions, cut into long strips
handful cilantro leaves
salt to taste

1 pack Ching's Hakka noodles

Method: First prepare the marinade and marinate the tofu. Chop vegetables. Prepare the noodles as per instruction. While the noodles are cooking, heat oil in a wok. When it gets very hot, add crushed garlic and saute for about 30 seconds. Add dry red chillies, onions and red peppers and continue to saute on high heat, for about a minute. Add marinated tofu, the remaining marinade and cooked noodles. Mix well. Adjust seasonings. Add spring onions and cilantro.

The red chillies I used were not hot enough, so I added about a tsp of red chili paste (sambal oelek). Next time over, I'd also increase the amount of red chili flakes in the marinade. I normally do not like chunky tofu in dishes but the marinade made a world of difference!

I will try the original Pad Kee Mao with sen-yai noodles some day soon for sure. The flat noodles give a different texture & taste to the dish.

Closer Look -
Thai Style Noodles

This is going to Priya for IAVW-Thai event, which was started by Vaishali. It is events like these that give us the impetus to prepare dishes that we've been meaning to make for ages! Thank you both for that too!


Priya passed me this wonderful "I love your blog" badge. Thanks so much, Priya! I truly cherish this!

39 comments:

Varsha Vipins said...

Even without flat noodles,thats one yummy Pad kee Mao Vani..Ahh..I would like it with chicken tho..:D

Ann said...

Looks awesome Vani..Great click !!

A_and_N said...

It looks soooooo good that I'm craving right now!!

Prathibha said...

Noddles look really yummy..nice colour..

Sharmila said...

That closer look tempts me to reach out for a fork and dig in. Good one Vani! :-)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Oh wow bright and yum.

Uma said...

looks so mouth-watering Vani! I love love noodles!

LG said...

Looks so colorful Vani, must have tasted yummm....How I wish I could take that plate from the screen and ate it right away!

Shama Nagarajan said...

looks yummy and delicious...ruch in ur entries for village special recipes event

Priya said...

Wow wat a colourful dish...yummy platter!

Asha said...

Love the color, loving all the Thai dishes too! :)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! very colorful Vaani ...looking great :) Thanks for the vegan recipe :)

DEESHA said...

I want this right now :)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Pad kee mao is my fav too... these look so colorful and attractive... I am feeling hungry now...

Happy cook said...

Wow such a vibrant colour, looks beautiful and delicous.

Priya said...

I don't care if its not Pad Kee Mao, your dish looks fabulous! Marinating the tofu does add a lot of flavor to it, love the combination you used. Thank you soo much for the entry Vani :)

Ashwini said...

Wow it looks so delicious..Nice inviting color..Wish I could have that plate right now..

Pavithra Kodical said...

I have never tried cooking thai food at home.This recipe seems so simple and i bet it was tasty with all those ingredients you have used :) Great one.

indosungod said...

Vani, you have me craving Thai like never before with all these delightful Thai dishes and the pictures are just beautiful.

Pooja said...

Looks so colorful..Lovely clicks..Looking yum..

kalpana said...

wowww...photos look amazing!thanks for sharing the recipe. thai is my favorite cuisine! :)

meeso said...

Those are beautiful noodles, and must taste as delicious as they look!

Priya Sriram said...

Another awesome and vibrant dish Vani! Looks really nice and great work! And, its my pleasure to share it with you dear! :)

Yasmeen said...

Love the chunks of tofu in the noodles,very flavorsome:)

Cham said...

OMG, looks absolutely inviting! I am drooling!

Jaya said...

Vani,
what are you doing hain ..so yummy recipes just for seeing and feel happy ..not fair ;) ...I am just drooling looking at this ,where is my share .....
hugs and smiles

Deepa Hari said...

Noodles look very colorful and inviting Vani....Good job.

Vani said...

Thanks for your comments :)

Divya Vikram said...

That sounds absolutely delicious! Vibrant picture!

Pavithra said...

so good , colourful and makes me tempting...

Sia said...

u r on a roll with Thai food girl and I must say i am loving it :)

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

Oh, the picture looks gorgeous!!

Rajesh &Shankari said...

Thai food all the way! Love it

Arch said...

Looks so inviting...great one vani...I tried out your Korean potatoes and it was so yum ! Everyone at home loved it..

Sandeepa said...

Vani

Your Thai dishes are making me drool. Had seen this pic in the reader but didn't want to read the recipe,'coz it would only increase my craving. One more day to go and I am going over to my fav Thai restaurant :)

Vaishali said...

How beautiful this dish is, Vani. I just made another version of Thai noodles, but your version has made me really hungry.

Vani said...

Thanks for the lovely comments, all :)

Meera said...

Drooling. Looks so delicious!!

Vani said...

Thanks, Meera!