3 tbsp each lime juice and fish sauce
2 tbsp each ketchup and brown sugar
1 tbsp each grated ginger and soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz rice stick noodles
2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil
1/2 cup very thinly sliced red onions
2 tsp minced garlic
1 medium diced red bell pepper
8 oz uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup diced extra-firm tofu
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts
Gather all the ingredients and get them ready. To prepare sauce, whisk together lime juice, fish sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, pepper flakes in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Place rice noodels in a large bowl and pour boiling water over top. Let soak 7 minutes. Drain.
While noodles are soaking, heat oil in large non-stick wok. Add onions and garlic. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until onions are tender, about 2 minutes. Add red pepper and cook 2 more minutes, stirring often. Add shrimp and tofu. Cook and stir until shrimp turn pink, aout 3 minutes. Add reserved sauce, noodles, bean sproutsm green onion and cilantro. Toss and cook until mixture is hot, about 1 minute. Add peanuts and toss again. Serve immediately.
When I told Tony I was doing Pad Thai for dinner, he said “oh yeah, I know him.” Haha, very funny. This is the first time I’ve made this recipe so I didn’t alter it much, except I left out the red pepper flakes and peanuts, to make it more ‘kid-friendly.’ I put in a spoonful of peanut-butter instead to give it a nutty flavour. It was such a great meal, I really enjoyed it and so did Tony. The kids, while they didn’t seem to like the meal much as a whole, each found something they liked about it. Cole ate all his shrimp, and Bennett ate all his tofu. I really thought they would go for the noodles but they weren’t that interested. I guess this was a little too ‘different’ for them. Oh well, it’s good for them to try new things. I hadn’t given Cole shrimp for over a year because they last time I did he got ill and I thought it was maybe allergic because there is a shrimp allergy in our family. I’m happy to report he did not get sick this time. Now that I know he can eat shrimp I’ll be cooking with it more often.