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Pad Thai


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 block firm tofu pressed and cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups or approximately 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2-3/4 of a package of rice stick
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups julianned carrots
  • 4 green onions
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar plus more if you like it a bit tangier
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch in 1 tbsp cold water or another thickener like tapioca starch or arrowroot

Tofu Marinade:

  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce for a gluten free option be sure to use GF soy sauce


  • After pressing the tofu to remove some of the liquid(I wrap the tofu in a towel and then put two heavy cast iron pans on top for at least half an hour), slice into thin strips. In a container mix the lime juice, brown sugar, soy sauce and 1 tbsp oil.  Add the tofu, cover and let sit a couple hours to overnight in the fridge.
  • Depending on your kind of rice noodles, you may just need to soak them in hot water or boil them for a couple minutes.  Do this first and then set them aside to drain and have all your ingredients ready.  Heat a small pan and cook the two eggs, scrambling them.  Once they're all done set them aside.  Pulse your peanuts in a mini food processor or something equivalent.  You don't want flour - you just want to crush them.
  • Once everything else is ready, heat the 1 tbsp oil in a large pan over high heat.  When it's really hot throw in the tofu that has been drained.  Turn the heat down to medium.  I like to cook my tofu till it's very chewy and this takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how well drained it is and how hot the pan is.  Once it looks fairly well done it should turn golden(darker than in the pictures above - I didn't cook mine long enough this time) and develop a "crust" on it.  You can also remove a piece and test it.  If it's still mushy, cook it longer, unless you don't mind it like that texture.
  • Turn the pan down to medium low and add the remaining tbsp of oil and 3 cloves of garlic, either minced or pressed.  Cook for 1-2 minutes then add the carrots and green onions.  Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes then add the shrimp and eggs.  Mix well and cook just till the shrimp turn pink then add all the sauce ingredients except the cornstarch.  Taste before adding any soy sauce or salt as the fish sauce is fairly salty.  Mix well and heat through then add the cornstarch mixture and mix well till the mixture thickens.  Then add the already cooked rice noodles and mix in.  Serve hot with 1-2 tbsp crushed peanuts and some green onions on top of each serving.