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I found the flavor to be very good. I made some minor tweaks mostly because my wife cannot eat garlic, so I increase the scallions and added chicken with the tofu. My problem has been getting the noodle consistency correc.t First time I soaked for about an hour as instructed, and they were kind of crunchy but tasty. Second time I kept the water warm on the stove (not boiling...below a simmer actually), and the noodles came out totally mushy. Now I am soaking them in warm water (per package instructions) and checking them every 2 minutes until they seem right.
I suppose this depends on a lot of factors, like brand of vermicelli, water temp, etc. So I am not blaming the recipe for this. Just a heads up to others, mostly.
As far as the recipe, I took away a star only because it is a bit time consuming. But it is worth it, for sure.
I used shrimp and added red pepper flakes at that time to get a gentle "heating up" of the spice level. This recipe needs cilantro added to the ingredient list, to be stirred in at the last minute before serving, or just sprinkled on top. Used a box of rice stir fry noodles (intended for pad thai) and followed box directions to cook by adding to a pot of boiling water, remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes, then drain and rinse with cool water. Let sit until ready to add in this dish with the seasoning. The other tester's suggestion of fish sauce is also a good idea. VERY GOOD!!
I hate to say it but I found this recipe to be rather tasteless. After making it as written I ended up adding 1-2 Tablespoons of peanut butter and 3 extra Tablespoons of sugar. Maybe that's not authentic but it sure tasted better. I may not make this again - I found it to be kind of a fussy process with not a lot of reward.
As they say, there are as many authentic Pad Thai recipes as there are Thai cooks. I was hesitant to make this when I saw the choice of noodles and the omission of either tamarind paste or fish sauce. After making it per the recipe given, it was pleasant enough if not a bit bland. The sauce didn't have the Pad Thai flavor that I expected and have experienced in good Thai restaurants.
I loved this recipe! My whole family did actually. I added more peanuts & omitted the bean sprouts & the chili flakes. I also added more noodles and more broth. I used vegetable oil instead of peanut oil & did not add salt. I loved it! I wanted to use peanut oil but had none and it was expensive at the store. Maybe next time!
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