A Popular Thai Food, The Palatable Pad Thai Dishes

One of the popular Thai foods is Pad Thai. At first glance, Pad Thai dishes look similar to the kwetiau which is usually served by Chinese food restaurants. It’s just that, the filling is much more complete, namely bean sprouts, leeks, shrimp, and meat.

Pad Thai itself is a culinary icon from Thailand. Yes, it is the only typical food from the country that embeds the word ‘Thai’ in its name. To be clearer, let’s see the full explanation right away!

The origin of Pad Thai food

Pad Thai was first created in 1930 by a Chinese-Thai chef. Pad Thai is often referred to as authentic Thai food. It can easily be found in several countries of the world. Pad Thai or Kway Teow Pad Thai is not really a real Thai dish. Noodles as the main ingredient are not food originating from this white elephant country, but influence from China.

That said, pad Thai dishes were created during World War II. At that time, the prime minister of Thailand, Phibunsongkhram, launched a program so that Thai people can get used to consuming noodles, due to the high price of rice production. Although the Thai people seem forced to eat this food, Pad Thai has managed to become a specialty dish. Plaek Pibulsongkram is gone, Pad Thai is still enjoyed in Thailand, even spread all over the world.

origin of Pad Thai food
origin of Pad Thai food

Over time, many people make Pad Thai with a more practical and simple technique and appearance. Street vendors also provide Pad Thai as a mainstay menu.

Pad Thai making

The basic ingredients for making Pad Thai are noodles made from rice and fried and seasoned with fish sauce, tamarind fruit crushers, shallots, garlic, coriander, red chilies, palm sugar, bean sprouts, and vinegar (depending on the customer’s request). As additional information, the selection of noodles in Pad Thai is due to the many Chinese descents in Thailand. The form of Pad Thai is also a mixture of various nationalities. The noodles used are similar to Pho or Vietnamese noodles. Meanwhile, Pad Thai also uses tamarind like typical Indian food.

Well, to taste, buyers can mix Pad Thai with eggs, dried shrimp, crab, chicken, pork, or tofu. In fact, to add to the taste, buyers can sprinkle chili powder, small pieces of shrimp, or nuts on top of the food. In essence, the unique blend of noodle flavors with various textures of vegetables and nuts makes pad thai taste very rich. If you haven’t yet visited your home country, you can make your own at home. Of course, with ingredients that are easy to get.

The uniqueness of Pad Thai

The shape and texture of Pad Thai dishes are like a kwetiaw. Although very similar to fried rice noodles, the taste of pad Thai is much more intense and complex. In one taste, we will feel a refreshing blend of a sweet, spicy, and sour taste. This Pad Thai is served with finely ground shallots, lemon, and peanuts as a topping. Pad Thai is also cooked with a variety of spices such as ginger, turmeric, chilies, and tamarind fruit. The interesting thing is that the sour fruit used is Thai sour fruit which tastes sweet. When eaten, the sweet and spicy aroma is felt in the mouth. It’s tasty and a little sweet In addition to its distinctive taste, it turns out that Pad Thai also has its own way of eating, you know.

The art of eating Pad Thai

Enjoying pad Thai also requires art, according to the existing culture and traditions in Thailand. How to?

All the condiments served with Pad Thai must be mixed into it while it’s still warm, starting from mashed peanuts, chili powder, fish sauce, and not to forget lime juice. Next, stir the noodles and all of the spice mixture until evenly distributed.

All these spices must be stirred while the pad Thai is still hot, resulting in a Thai combination of spicy, savory, sweet, and sour flavors. The taste is unified and nothing is dominant.

Sure enough, when I tasted it for the first time, the sour, sweet, and spicy flavors immediately burst onto the tongue. The lime mixture makes it taste very fresh, coupled with the texture of the mashed peanuts which are so crunchy. The combination of various textures and flavor combinations makes the taste even more delicious.

So, in this way, now you can enjoy pad Thai dishes like a real Thai. Good luck!

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