Vegetarian Pad Thai

In Thailand, of us are fiercely exact to their favourite pad Thai—which is painstakingly made one plate at a time. After a taste of this quicker vegetarian version, we mediate you are going to initiate to in actuality feel that very same sense of loyalty.


  • 12 oz. dried flat rice noodles (1/4 traipse huge; normally known as pad Thai or banh pho)
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind (from a pliable block)
  • 1 cup boiling-hot water
  • 1/2 cup mild soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed mild brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha (Southeast Asian chile sauce)
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 4 monumental shallots
  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) equipment firm tofu
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut or vegetable oil
  • 6 monumental eggs
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups bean sprouts (1/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • Instruments: an adjustable-blade slicer; a successfully-seasoned 14-traipse flat-bottomed wok
  • Accompaniments: lime wedges; cilantro sprigs; Sriracha


  1. Soak noodles in a monumental bowl of heat water except softened, 25 to 30 minutes. Drain successfully in a colander and duvet with a dampened paper towel.
  2. Meanwhile, construct sauce by soaking tamarind pulp in boiling-hot water in a puny bowl, stirring once quickly, except softened, about 5 minutes. Power combination by a sieve correct into a bowl, discarding seeds and fibers. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, and Sriracha, stirring except sugar has dissolved.
  3. Reduce scallions into 2-traipse devices. Halve mild green and white parts lengthwise.
  4. Reduce shallots crosswise into very thin slices with slicer.
  5. Rinse tofu, then lower into 1-traipse cubes and pat very dry.
  6. Heat oil in wok over medium warmth except hot, then fry half of shallots over medium-low warmth, stirring in most cases, except golden-brown, 8 to 12 minutes. Fastidiously stress combination by a at ease-mesh sieve correct into a heatproof bowl. Reserve shallot oil and spread fried shallots on paper towels. (Shallots will crisp as they chilly.) Wipe wok keen.
  7. Reheat shallot oil in wok over excessive warmth except hot. Fry tofu in 1 layer, gently turning once quickly, except golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Switch tofu to paper towels the use of a slotted spoon. Pour off frying oil and reserve.
  8. Flippantly beat eggs with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Heat 2 tablespoons shallot oil in wok over excessive warmth except it shimmers. Add eggs and swirl to coat aspect of wok, then cook, stirring gently with a spatula, except cooked by. Ruin into chunks with spatula and switch to a plate.
  9. Heat wok over excessive warmth except a fall of water evaporates at once. Pour in 6 tablespoons shallot oil, then swirl to coat aspect of wok. Hurry-fry scallions, garlic, and closing raw shallots except softened, about 1 minute.
  10. Add noodles and whisk-fry over medium warmth (use 2 spatulas if needed) 3 minutes. Add tofu, bean sprouts, and 1 1/2 cups sauce and simmer, turning noodles over to soak up sauce evenly, except noodles are at ease, about 2 minutes.
  11. Hurry in additional sauce if desired, then whisk in eggs and switch to a monumental shallow serving dish.
  12. Sprinkle pad Thai with peanuts and fried shallots and abet with lime wedges, cilantro sprigs, and Sriracha.

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