Pad Thai Noodles
This popular Thai noodle dish has a delicate balance of spicy, sweet, salty, and sour flavors. This recipe is based on a traditional Bangkok-style version of the dish. It is not swimming in sauce like many Western versions found in restaurants. The dish is full of flavor with a light coating of delicious sauce in every bite. Serve with lime wedges, fish sauce, sugar, white pepper or pepper flakes, and vinegar on the table so guests can individually adjust tastes.
Substitute peanut oil for the vegetable oil if desired. Substitute 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes for the Thai chile peppers if desired. Substitute pork for the chicken if preferred. Substitute brown sugar for the white sugar if preferred. Swap regular chives for the Chinese chives if preferred.
If you cannot find tamarind paste, use 2 tablespoons white vinegar instead.