Pad Thai

Recipe Ingredients

          o 8 oz 1⁄8-in.-wide flat rice sticks
          o 1⁄4 cup rice vinegar
          o 1⁄4 cup fish sauce (see note)
          o 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
          o 1 Tbsp sugar
          o 3 Tbsp peanut oil or other vegetable oil
          o 1 lb raw, peeled and deveined shrimp (any size)
          o 1 Tbsp minced garlic
          o 2 large eggs
          o 8 thinly sliced radishes
          o 4 scallions, cut in 1-in. lengths
          o 1⁄4 cup dry-roasted unsalted peanuts, finely chopped
          o 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Recipe Preparation

      1. Soak the rice sticks in warm water to cover 20 minutes until softened. Drain.

      2. Meanwhile, mix vinegar, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar in a cup.

      3. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and garlic; cook 1 to 3 minutes, stirring two or three times, until cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

      4. Heat remaining 2 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add eggs and stir just until set. Add the radishes, scallions, drained rice sticks and vinegar mixture. Cook, stirring, 1 minute, or until rice sticks soften and wilt.

      5. Place on a serving platter; top with shrimp, peanuts and cilantro. Toss to mix.

      Look for rice sticks, fish sauce and rice or rice wine vinegar in your market’s Asian food section. The rice sticks will still be a bit stiff after soaking but soften up during cooking. Serve this refreshing dish warm, right after you’ve added the lime-juice dressing.

      Fish sauce A pungent seasoning sauce made from fermented salted fish. Don’t be put off by your first sniff; you’ll find that fish sauce, used judiciously, adds wonderful flavor to food.