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Things to Know about Pad Thai

July 14, 2023 - 307 views

When it comes to the must-try food in Thailand, Pad Thai is on the tip of everyone’s tongue. This dish is famous for its tastiness as well as the story behind it. Check them out!

Pad Thai is the national food of Thailand. Everywhere you go in the country, you can find this popular dish. It is known not only for its taste and smell but also for its interesting story. Read on to learn more about this dish.

Interesting story of Pad Thai

There is a reason why we call Pad Thai the national dish of Thailand. There is a beautiful history of Pad Thai when it came out of a cooking competition held by Plaek Phibunsongkhram (also known as King Phibun) in the late 1930s. After acceding to the throne, he made quite a few changes to Thailand. The King adjusted many regulations to westernize Thailand, including changing the national name, which used to be Siam. He held this culinary competition to identify the culture and find a new national dish. This dish won. 

The aim was to modernize the cooking style so that Thailand cuisine wouldn’t be influenced by Chinese culture anymore. Therefore, Pad Thai is a combination of many different components that originated from various regions of Thailand. 

When eating, you can feel the mixture in flavours, including spicy, sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. All of them make the dish so unique. The ingredients are fresh and natural. Besides, the sweet taste from palm sugar, spiciness from Thai chilli, and sourness from tamarind is mixed well.

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Ingredients of Pad Thai

To make this dish, you need to fry almost every ingredient. Firstly, you need to fry shrimp and then add soaked dried rice noodles into the pan. Secondly, you add firm tofu and tamarind paste to mix them all. After stir-frying for a few minutes, you start adding spices and other ingredients, including fish sauce, red chili peppers, palm sugar, dried shrimp, eggs, green bean sprouts, and shallots, to enhance the flavour. Once all the ingredients are mixed well together, the dish is topped with some roasted peanuts and ready to be served with a lime wedge. 

Today, the dish can be cooked in a slightly different way depending on what the customers want with the ingredients. For example, it can replace shrimp with chicken, pork, and even no meat. A perfect dish of Pad Thai usually comes with a little water, fresh shrimps, and a piece of tofu as toppings. The ingredients for vegetarians don’t include fish sauce, but soy sauce and no meat.

Ingredient of pad Thai

Ingredient of pad Thai

Where to eat Pad Thai

As a national dish, Pad Thai can easily be found in any restaurant in Thailand. No matter where you visit in the country, either a mountainous area or a big city, you can order Pad Thai everywhere. Some must-try restaurants include :

  • Pad Thai Thip Samai is located at 313-315 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon
  • Pad Thai Ekamai is situated at 303/4 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok. 

Places to try Pad thai

Places to try Pad thai

Just come and try the dish, and you will know why it is the most renowned food in Thailand. You can sign up for our best Thailand tours to discover this amazing country and try this national food.

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