Pad Thai, or Phat Thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes
Pad thai sounds good, many people rant about it, and it is one of Thailand’s national dishes, so I was excited to try it.
Not being a huge fan of Thai food, I really hoped this one would pull Thai food up in my personal rankings.
What is Pad Thai?
Stir fried rice noodles and egg, mixed with a combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, tofu. Pad Thai is then garnished with peanuts, coriander and lime juice. Though sometimes the garnishing is served on the side along with fish sauce and chili.
Which is better, street pad thai or restaurant pad thai?
If you follow my travels here, then you’ll know I normally eat where the locals eat. In this case I tried pad thai in a couple of street places. The result, was usually a very eggy, highly greasy bowl of noodles.
Sometimes not too bad, but nothing to set my taste buds on fire. Many people often have their favorite places that make the best of certain dishes. But, I don’t really want to travel across a city every time I want to try Pad Thai. So, I go with what’s nearby.
Moving up a step, I went to a middle-income restaurant, where my pad thai cost around $3. And the improvement was measurable.
Less grease, more shrimp was the first impression I got.
How good is pad thai?
It’s quite nice if made well. It’s one of the few Thai dishes that fills me quite well. When served with the garnishing on the side I find it a lot better. Mainly because I can flavor it to my liking. More lime, more coriander.
All in all, it’s a good dish, that I recommend, just don’t skimp on it to get the best results.
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