"I made some substitutions since I can't get the more traditional ingredients where I live. This is still a delicious Asian-inspired dish that my girlfriend and I love. Garnish with chopped peanuts, chile flakes, and lime wedges."
Drain tofu and wrap firmly in cheese cloth; place between 2 cake pans or plates and place a 5-pound weight on top. Refrigerate for 12 to 16 hours.
Combine soy sauce and 5-spice in a shallow bowl; add tofu. Marinate tofu in refrigerator for 15 minutes; flip tofu and marinate for 15 minutes more.
Place rice noodles in a bowl and pour in enough boiling water to cover; allow to sit until noodles have softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and cut noodles into thirds.
Combine brown sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and vinegar in a bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved and sauce is smooth.
Remove tofu from marinade and cut into 1/4-inch wide strips.
Heat peanut oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat; add tofu pieces, 2 to 4 at a time, and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 30 seconds per side. Transfer cooked tofu to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving oil in the skillet.
Place 2/3 of the green onions and garlic in the same skillet, adding more oil if needed; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add eggs; cook and stir until scrambled and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add shrimp; cook and stir until warmed through, about 30 seconds. Add noodles and toss until evenly mixed.
Stir brown sugar sauce into noodle mixture and toss to coat. Add kimchi and toss until well mixed and pad Thai is heated through, about 1 minute more. Transfer pad Thai to serving plates and top with bean sprouts and remaining green onions.
For more authentic pad Thai use: palm sugar instead of 2 tablespoons brown sugar and prepared tamarind paste in place of 2 tablespoons brown sugar and lime juice. Salted cabbage can be found at Asian food markets and replaces kimchi. Tofu can be replaced with chicken breast and use the same marinade but double the soaking time.
Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of soy sauce marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.
Per Serving: 711 calories;23.6 g fat;
91.6 g carbohydrates;
37.3 g protein;
248 mg cholesterol;
12311 mg sodium.