These Asian Pad Thai Noodles are Thai style spicy rice noodles that are super easy to make at home. Make this authentic Asian treat vegetarian or with chicken and shrimp, you are going to love it.
About This Recipe
Also called Pad Tai Noodles or Phad Thai Noodles, these are flat rehydrated dried rice noodles that are very popular as street food in Thailand and you will find it on the menu of every Thai restaurant.
Pad in Pad Thai Noodles refers to stir fry, and this dish is a stir-fried noodle recipe with sauce and veggies. Easy, mouth-watering, and quick, if you want to make anything that defines all of these words, then this is your dish.
Meat is often added in this dish, but here we are adding peanuts and bean sprouts to give it a nice crunch and texture and keeping them vegetarian.
These Flat Rice Noodles are also used to make Pad See Ew, another popular dish in Thailand. While Pad Thai is nutty and a little sweet, Pad See Ew is sour and has a fantastic chargrilled flavor to it.
Learn how to make this 30-minute recipe, which makes a perfect dish for your weeknight dinners and you can also pack it in your kid’s Lunch Box.
Here are some more Thai recipes, that you can make for your weekend dinner – Thai Red Chicken Curry, Thai Fried Rice, Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, Thai Peanut Sauce, Thai Basil Chicken, Thai Watermelon Salad and Thai Squash Fritters.
Noodles – To make these Thai Noodles, flattened rice noodles are used, but if you don’t have them available, you can use any noodles of your choice. You can even use Brown Rice Noodles, for a healthy alternative.
Veggies – Here, I have used red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, onions, and Bean Sprouts, but you can add more veggies such as mushrooms, broccoli, carrot, zucchini, etc.
Peanuts – This is my favorite ingredient of this recipe. Peanuts are crushed and then added to the noodles, which gives it a nice crunch.
Sauce – To make the base sauce for this Noodles, we will need soy sauce, vegetable stock, brown sugar, red chilli paste, fish sauce, salt, and water.
Sesame Oil – These Noodles taste best in Sesame Oil, so if you can invest in a good quality sesame oil. If you can’t find sesame oil, you can use any vegetable oil of your choice.
Others – Other ingredients required are garlic, red chillies, coriander leaves, and lemon. The red chillies add a nice heat to these Noodles. If you don’t like it to be spicy, you can avoid adding it.
Step by Step Recipe
Soak the noodles in warm water for 5-8 minutes until they are soft.
Drain the water and add a few drops of oil. Mix well and keep aside.
Mix all the ingredients to make the sauce in a pan.
Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
Heat sesame oil in a pan.
Add garlic and red chilli and fry for a few seconds.
Add onion, red pepper, yellow pepper and bean sprouts and fry for a minute.
Now add the cooked noodles and sauce in the pan and toss well.
Garnish with roasted peanuts, coriander, and lemon wedges. Serve hot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here, we are making vegetarian Phad Thai Noodles, where we are adding vegetables such as Onion, Red Bell Pepper, Yellow Bell Pepper, and Bean Sprouts, but you can also add Tofu.
If you are looking to make a Non-Vegetarian Noodles, then you can add Shrimp/Prawn, Chicken, etc.
Adding scrambled eggs also adds texture and great taste to it.
If you don’t want to eat rice noodles, you don’t have to give up Pad Thai. You can give this recipe a healthy twist, by adding Zucchini Noodles to it instead of Rice Noodles.
You can make zucchini noodles using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, and mandoline.
Either use raw zucchini noodles and stir fry it with vegetables and sauces or boil the noodles in water for just 1 to 2 minutes.
Pad Thai Noodles are different from Pad Kee Mao which is also known as Drunken Noodles in Thailand and is popularly sold on the streets.
The Noodles used in Drunken Noodles are surprisingly thick, creating a rubbery, chewy texture, whereas Phad Thai Noodles uses flattened rice noodles. Also Pad Thai has fewer calories than Drunken Noodles.
You can also serve some Momos, Dimsums, or Potstickers on the side with these spicy yummy Noodles.
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Pad Thai Noodles Recipe
- 300 g Pad Thai Noodles
- 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 tsp Garlic (Chopped)
- 1 tsp Red Chilli (Chopped)
- ¼ cup Onion (Sliced)
- ¼ cup Red Bell Pepper (Sliced)
- ¼ cup Yellow Bell Pepper (Sliced)
- ¼ cup Bean Sprouts
- ¼ cup Roasted Peanuts (Crushed)
- 2 tbsp Coriander (Chopped)
- 5-6 Lemon wedges
For the Pad Thai Sauce
- ¼ cup Veg Stock
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 3 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 tsp Tamarind Paste
- 1 tsp Red Chilli Paste
- 2 tbsp Fish Sauce (Skip for Vegetarian Version)
- Salt (To taste)
- ½ cup Water
- Soak the noodles in warm water for 5-8 minutes until they are soft.
- Drain the water and add a few drops of oil in the noodles.
- Mix well and keep aside.
- Mix all the ingredients to make the sauce in a pan.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
- Heat sesame oil in a pan.
- Add garlic and red chilli and fry for a few seconds.
- Add onion, red pepper, yellow pepper and bean sprouts and fry for a minute.
- Now add the cooked noodles and sauce in the pan and toss well.
- Garnish with roasted peanuts, coriander and lemon wedges.
- Serve hot.