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Old 09-06-2011, 01:10 PM   #4
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I use a much simpler version:

2 tb vegetable oil
2-3 cloves of chopped garlic
2 eggs
noodles - soak in warm tap water for 20-30 minutes until somewhat soft (enough noodles for 1 restaurant sized order)
chicken or shrimp - precook separately with chili powder, oil, salt and garlic (it will pick up other flavors when you mix everything together)
1.5 ounces fish sauce
2 ounces white sugar
1 ounce regular paprika
crushed peanuts (light salt or no-salt, otherwise it will make everything too salty)
1 or 2 green onions, cut into 1/2" pieces
lime wedge
bean sprouts

Heat up the oil, throw in garlic and cook for 2 minutes
Crack eggs into pan and scramble in the pan with the hot oil and garlic
Add noodles
Add sugar, paprika and fish sauce and start tossing everything together until the noodles are almost done
Add pre-cooked shrimp or chicken and toss long enough to get warm

Serve out pad thai on plates
Add handful of green onion, crushed peanuts and beansprouts
Serve with lime wedge and crushed hot chilis.

Alternative: mix up onion, peanuts, beansprouts, chilis and lime in the pan right before you dish it all out.

Much simpler - you probably have 80% of this stuff on hand. The key to pad thai is really the fish sauce and sugar . . and maybe the peanuts and onion. I don't think you need chicken stock, tamarind, fresh chilis or cilantro.

Oh, and here's a random google image of pad thai:
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