Saturday, 15 June 2013

Prawn Pad Thai

Just lately, I feel like I've been eating/making a lot more South East Asian food, genuinely unintentional! Although, I suppose it's a good insight to the food I'll be experiencing while I'm away. Pad Thai is delicious and I love prawns, so I couldn't wish for a nicer dish really. The flavour is beautiful and the texture of the noodles with the marinade and vegetables makes this dish pretty close to perfect!

It might look like a slimy mess but I can promise you, the taste is incredible. I put my veggies in than noodles (my current healthy eating fad means extra veggies and trying to limit the bad stuff)

The original recipe was from A Beautiful Mess which I adapted to suit my own taste buds but next time, I think I'm going to try a mixture of Emma's and this one from BBC Good Food; unfortunately, always minus the peanuts as Mother dearest has an allergy!

So here's what I did...

All you need is:
Noodles for two people (I usually use Sharwoods medium egg noodles, two 'bits' for two people) 
50ml rice vinegar
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp worchester sauce
2 tsp ketchup
1 tsp sesame oil
1 pepper, sliced and deseeded
1 onion, sliced
a handful of mangetout, chopped as you wish
courgette, diced
mushrooms, quartered
2 tbsp coriander (cilantro)
1 tsp of chilli flakes (more if you wish, depending on your spice threshold) 
chopped peanuts (optional)
1 lime, half to squeeze in, extra to serve on the side

Mix the fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy, ketchup, worchestershire sauce, brown sugar and chilli flakes in a bowl/jug and put to one side

Fry the pepper, mangetout, courgette and mushrooms on a medium-low heat in a little oil.

Stir in the prawns. Pour in the marinade made initially, stir thoroughly so the ingredients are coated. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime.

Stir in noodles, mix well. Cook for around 4-5 minutes until the noodles are softened (if they're stir in).
If they're not, boil in water for 4-5 minutes until softened. After 6 or 7 minutes, the sauce should have mostly evaporated. Mix everything well and serve - making sure everything is piping hot. 

If you're adding peanuts, do so now (like I said, I'm not as my Mum has a nut allergy). Serve with coriander sprinkled over the top or mixed in if you wish. Serve with lime wedges.

Mmm, tasty!

N xo

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