Asian fish sauce, or nam pla, provides the essential savory flavor found in this traditional Thai dish.
1 package (7 to 8 ounces) rice stick noodles (rice vermicelli) or 8 ounces angel hair pasta
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Asian fish sauce (nam pla)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
8 ounces medium shrimp, shelled and deveined, then cut lengthwise in half
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 ounces fresh bean sprouts (about 2 cups), rinsed and drained
1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
1. In large bowl, soak rice stick noodles, if using, in enough hot water to cover, for 20 minutes; drain. With kitchen shears, cut noodles into 4-inch lengths. If using angel hair pasta, break in half, cook in large saucepot as label directs, then drain and rinse with cold running water.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Prepare all remaining ingredients and place next to stove for easy assembly.
3. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over high heat until hot but not smoking. Add shrimp, garlic, and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add eggs and cook, stirring, until just set, about 20 seconds. Add drained noodles and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add fish-sauce mixture, half of bean sprouts, half of peanuts, and half of green onions; cook, stirring, 1 minute.
4. Transfer pad thai to warm platter or serving bowl. Top with remaining bean sprouts and sprinkle with remaining peanuts, remaining green onions, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.
(based on individual servings)
Total Fat: 17 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Cholesterol: 235 mg
Sodium: 827 mg
Carbohydrates: 65 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 25 g
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