Today's recipe is Pad Thai with Chicken. It is plated similarly to the plating of one of Chiang Mai's street vendors. Chiang Mai is a delightful city high in the mountains in the North of Thailand along the Ping river. It has a rich cultural history and is a very modern and dynamic city. Needless to say, the food there is excellent.
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http://tomandanitamorgan.blogspot.com/2014/04/pad-thai-with-chicken.html —Tom and Anita Morgan
2 T tamarind paste (available on Amazon)
3 T Asian fish sauce (available on Amazon)
3 T palm sugar (available on Amazon)
sriracha hot chile sauce: 1 ½ t for mild; 2 ¼ t for spicy --- Our choice; 3 t = 1 T for HOT!
1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 8 ounces), cut into bite size pieces
6 oz of rice noodles, cut into 6 inch lengths
1 large shallot, chopped fine
8 oz bag of mung bean sprouts
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, sliced diagonally
2 T cilantro, chopped coarse
1 T sesame oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 lime cut into 4 wedges
3 T dry roasted peanuts, chopped coarse
1 -2 dozen flat leaf chives, trimmed to equal lengths about 4 inches
Mix the sauce ingredients and let stand until used. Soak the rice noodles in hot water for 4 minutes or so until tender. Then dry the noodles and reserve at room temperature.
Heat the oil in a wok over medium high heat while swishing around to cover the sides. Add the chicken and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes or until the chicken is starting to get brown. About 1 minute into this add the chives and stir in. About 2 minutes after the chives add the garlic and continue stirring for 2 minutes.
Add the sauce and the rice noodles and stir until everything is coated with the sauce; about 1 to 2 minutes
Move these ingredients to one side and pour the egg into the empty side of the wok. Stir the egg until mostly cooked (about 1 minute) then mix with the noodles and chicken.
Add half of the mung bean sprouts and stir into the mix for about 1 to 2 minutes.
Add the sliced green onion and cilantro, remove from the heat and stir into mixture.
Spoon some of the cooked mixture onto a warmed plate. Arrange some of the raw bean sprouts on the plate next to the mixture. Place a small mound of the chopped peanuts next to the mixture. Arrange some flat leaf chives on the plate along with one or two lime wedges. (Optional) Place a small mound of red pepper flakes on the plate.