Sometimes my work schedule doesn't allow for my style of cooking. I like a window of at least a few hours to braise or roast or marinate or grill. To me, thirty minutes or less calls for a sandwich or take-out or something unhealthy. I struggle to find a common ground between work schedule and adequate cooking time. I live alone so I have to plan these things and it can get difficult. Well, whatever, enough excuses, lets cook anyway.
Another dilemma is my respect for certain dishes, cuisines I like so much I don't dare to make and try on my own, you know, in fear of totaling screwing it up and in return, not liking it anymore. Pad Thai is one of those dishes. I first had pad thai in Portland, OR and it was amazing. Big, bold flavors, noodles, sauce, meat, vegatables, washed down with beer, fabulous!!
There are lots of variations of pad thai but despite the differences, it can be prepared and cooked fast and be a sufficient and satisfying meal.
So you get home at 8-9pm from work, you are tired and hungry and bored of frozen pizza or sandwiches, suck it up and make some Pad Thai.
If you don't prefer pork (why are you reading this then...), you can substitute shrimp, chicken, or beef....
Warm up a pot of water and add:
- Maifun noodles-rice stick noodles
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into strips
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 or 3 tablespoons sugar
Heat a wok with 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat wok . Saute pork for a few minutes. Set aside. Add another 1 tablespoon of oil and add:
- 3 well-beaten eggs
- 1/2 cup of scallions, white parts only
- 3 small red chiles, chopped and deseeded
- 3 small garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 cup bean sprouts
- 1/3 cup roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup basil leaves, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes