Pad Thai failure

OK, so round 1 of me making Pad Thai was a miserable failure. The "sauce" was basically vinegar and just a wet mess. The recipe I had called for rice vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and red pepper. Any better recipes or suggestions? I'm thinking some peanut sauce, but I could be wrong.

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Coco
Coco December 15, 2013

Hi Dave,
Pad Thai should be sweet, hot, salty and sour….in that order. The sweet being the palm sugar (or brown sugar), the hot coming from the chile sauce, the salty from the fish sauce and the sour from the tamarind sauce. I recently posted my recipe on my blog at www.saucedujour.blogspot.com. It’s under the “Pasta” tab. To read about the prep, etc click on the November post titled, “Fishheads, Asian Farts and Pad Thai.” You’ll get the full scoop there. I think you will like it since you mentioned peanut sauce, because there is a bit of peanut butter in my recipe. Hope this helps, let me know.

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Trena Heinrich
Trena Heinrich December 15, 2013

We've all been there Dave on the grill. Sometimes I feel like I learn the most about cooking when I make the biggest mistakes. Give this recipe a try http://food52.com/recipes...

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calendargirl
calendargirl December 16, 2013

The Pad Thai recipe in the link which Trena supplied is a simple and delicious one, which has become a favorite in our house. Good luck!

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Summer of Eggplant
Summer of Eggplant December 16, 2013

You are missing the Tamarind paste. Try this one http://www.nytimes.com...

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CelliSean
CelliSean December 16, 2013

Tamarind is essential! Go to a southeast Asian or Hispanic grocery store and look for tamarind paste. Just hack off a block and add hot water, mixing with your hands to a ketchup-like consistency (and removing any seeds) before adding remaining ingredients to your sauce. Any extra can be kept refrigerated.

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petitbleu December 16, 2013

Okay, this is a super nerdy 5-part post on making pad Thai, but it's authentic and really detailed. Some of the ingredients might be hard to track down depending on where you live, but I left some of them out and the final dish didn't suffer perceptably (we did manage to find the banana bud, but it's something of an acquired taste--very astringent). In any case, if you're really nerdy or just want to get lost in a little cooking project for an afternoon, read this series of posts. There are 5 parts so be sure to read them all. http://shesimmers.com/2011/05/pad-thai-recipe-part-one-pan-and.html

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Dave on the grill
Dave on the grill December 18, 2013

Thanks guys, Round 2 will have to be after Xmas, but I will repost the results. I feel much more confident after taking in your suggestions.

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