Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, click on the French flag below to access the original text:
It is the most famous Thai dish of the western tourist. Tasty, nourishing and cheap. A simple plate of fried noodles, which I long for when I'm away from Thailand.
The Thai pad (easy to remember and pronounce, it sounds like "Thai pasta") is much better tasted in one of these small street restaurants, where we sit on tiny plastic chairs, at night ... You want to have the impression of being there? Feel your nostrils quiver, your taste buds wriggle?
Click on the video below!
EDIT. The site Finsonline, which hosted the video I had placed here, when I published this post in 2009, no longer exists ... But look for "pad thai" on Youtube, you will find many scenes filmed in the streets in Thailand (and recipes), like this one, for example:
The video I was talking about (which is no longer visible, therefore) was carried out by Tony Wu, photographer and videographer diver, for the site FinsOnline. He makes us tour the "10 best places to eat in Phuket". In addition to Thai pad, there are many small dishes that are part of the great pleasures of the traveler to the kingdom of Siam ... There is even a PDF file to download, with all the practical indications to find restaurants on site.
That's it ... I've been back for five weeks and I'm already short of Thai pad ! There are lots of ways to prepare it, you can easily find recipes by searching the web. I'll have to start one of these days ...
Yum, yum ...
The base: fried noodles, then, mixed with omelette bits, in various condiments and spices (fish sauce nam-pla or fish sauce, tamarind juice, small red peppers, garlic, pepper, shallots, soya beans ...), which can be served with shrimp, chicken or tofu. Everything is basically garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and a small piece of lemon. The noodles of lemon juice are sprinkled with water, and, according to taste, they are completed with these mysterious condiments, which tear you more or less from the mouth, available in small pots on the tables.
Avoid ordering your Thai pad in restaurants for tourists, prefer the authentic version of small street boui-bouis, choosing those that seem very popular with Thais: in general, the noodles are much less oily and less faded, the mixture of spices and aromas infinitely more subtle.