Rating: 3.53 stars
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 10

This is a Pad Thai recipe I got from a restaurant. The sauce is made with ketchup, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar, and it's sprinkled liberally with bean sprouts and chopped peanuts.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, soak the noodles in cold water for 15 min; drain. Cover noodles with hot water, and soak for 15 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water, drain, and set aside.

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  • Heat oil in a wok or large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook until pink. Stir in ketchup, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice and vinegar. Pour in the beaten egg, and cook without stirring until egg is partially set. Add drained noodles, 1/4 pound bean sprouts, and 1/2 cup peanuts. Mix while cooking until noodles are tender.

Tips

Transfer to a serving plate, and scatter noodles with 1/4 cup bean sprouts, lemon slices, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

541 calories; protein 20.2g; carbohydrates 68.7g; fat 23.2g; cholesterol 120.4mg; sodium 488mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (69)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2004
This was very good, and little bit sweet but that's exactly the kind of pad thai I was looking for. I made a few changes on the advice of others: I doubled the sauce ingredients, but I did not double the amount of vinegar. I substituted fresh lime and lime juice for the lemon, added about 2 tsp of garlic chili sauce to give it a little needed kick, and about 1 tsp soy sauce to take the edge off the sweetness. I decreased the peanuts by 1/2 cup to cut calories(just used a sprinkling on top for garnish) and added 1 cup of julienned carrots to the garnish at the end. With these changes, it tasted just like the Pad Thai I get at my favorite Thai restaurant. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/14/2011
This did not taste like pad thai at all. Read More
(25)
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 23
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 10
Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2004
This was very good, and little bit sweet but that's exactly the kind of pad thai I was looking for. I made a few changes on the advice of others: I doubled the sauce ingredients, but I did not double the amount of vinegar. I substituted fresh lime and lime juice for the lemon, added about 2 tsp of garlic chili sauce to give it a little needed kick, and about 1 tsp soy sauce to take the edge off the sweetness. I decreased the peanuts by 1/2 cup to cut calories(just used a sprinkling on top for garnish) and added 1 cup of julienned carrots to the garnish at the end. With these changes, it tasted just like the Pad Thai I get at my favorite Thai restaurant. Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2005
WOW! After many, many years of loving this for carry-out, we have finally found an easy and delicious alternative! Changes: double/triple the sauce recipe as the previous reviewers suggested, added 1 tsp red pepper flakes (we like it HOT), and 2 tsp garlic chili sauce. We added a handful of shredded carott, fresh basil, fresh bean sprouts, about 1/3 lb spicy sausage (this is the way my fave restaurant makes it) and used Trader Joes Rock Shrimp. I've also used chicken. Perfect. If you love spicey Pad Thai restaurant style, you will be very happy with this. Good enough to entertain with. Thanks Laura, and thanks previous reviewers! Read More
(35)
Rating: 1 stars
01/14/2011
This did not taste like pad thai at all. Read More
(25)
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2003
I liked this recipe but it lacked the tanginess usually associated with Pad Thai. Next time I will use half the noodles double the sauce and half the bean sprouts and peanuts. The egg part is a little tricky and is probably best done by pushing all ingredients to the sides of the wok cooking the egg in the center until almost cooked scrambling the egg and then mixing with the rest of the ingredients. I served this with mango salad and it was quite nice. Read More
(21)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2006
I've been looking for a better Pad Thai sauce than the one I've always use. I don't like the paprika in it. This one wasn't too bad. First don't substitute the fish sauce and all. That's what makes the sauce taste good. That's the base of most if not all Thai cooking. So if you don't use that don't even try this recipe. Second I scrambled the eggs then added the noodles then the sauce. If your noodles are too soggy it's either because you didn't use the right size noodles (I don't recommend the small size since they're too thin. Medium or large is best. If you can't find the variety at your regular grocery store go to an Asian store they'll have it.) Also don't soak your noodles in hot water or for too long. That makes the noodles too soft which once cooked will be too soggy. Your noodles are ready to be cooked once they're bendable but still have a slight crunch in them. Overall it wasn't too bad. I'd use it again. Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2006
I had been looking for a basic Pad Thai recipe for awhile and when I came across this one I knew it would work. Try changing the following though: added: green onions carrot chili sauce and a splash of hot sauce oyster sauce rice wine vinegar cabbage (just abit) and the lime. I dumped: ketchup fish sauce white wine vinegar and the lemon. Oh by the way... double the sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2007
Excellent! I did make some changes as recommended by other reviewers. I tripled the sauce and scrambled the eggs before adding the sauce. I also substituted chicken instead of shrimp. I just cooked the chicken in a separate pan chopped it and added it after cooking my eggs and before adding my sauce. I also added cayenne pepper to give it more of a kick and for color. Cayenne or red pepper flakes are a must in this recipe otherwise it will be bland. Read More
(10)
Rating: 1 stars
08/10/2009
Skip the ketchup. Flavor is too bold with it and this should have a delicate flavor. Don't use dry roasted nuts- raw unsalted peanuts are better. Having grown up in Thailand I may be a bit too picky but I really found this an unsatisfactory take on one of my favorite dishes. Read More
(9)
Rating: 2 stars
05/07/2006
As recommended by other reviews I doubled the sauce. However it still was not enough! My noodle turned out soggy too...I definatly recommend using the package directions (2-3 mins) instead of the direction here (30 mins). Next time I will cook the eggs first and set aside becuase they soaked up all the sauce and I will quadruple the sauce and cut the noodles in half. Read More
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