A staple food in Thailand, the magic of Pad Thai

A very easy, ready in minutes dish which can be a light dinner or a delicious lunch. Meat or prawns can also be added for a non-vegetarian version of this dish.

Ingredients

  • 100g Thai rice noodles (fat or thin, whichever you prefer)
  • 55g beansprouts
  • 1 tbsp ground roasted peanuts (for garnish)
  • 2 spring onions
  • Chilli powder, to taste
  • 100g firm tofu
  • A piece of lime, to taste (or squeezy lime juice!)
  • 1 small onion
  • A mix of vegetables you like (we used baby sweetcorn, broccolli, mange tout, cauiflower, tomatoes, pak choi and carrots)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 125ml tamarind sauce or pad thai sauce bought from your supermarket

Directions

1. Cook the rice noodles and set aside.

2. Finely slice the onion. Drain the tofu (if necessary), pat it dry with some kitchen paper and chop it into bite-sized pieces.

3.Heat the cooking oil in a wok or pan, and gently stir-fry the tofu and shallot for 2 minutes. Add the vegetables and gently stir fry until they are cooked how you like.

4. Add the noodles and stir in the tamarind/pad thai sauce and coat the noodles and veg.

5. Trim the spring onions. Chop the white part, and set it to one side. Cut the green part into short lengths.

6. When the noodle and veg mixture is almost dry, stir in some of the beansprouts and the green parts of the spring onions. Stir everything together quickly and then remove from the heat.

7. Pile the pad Thai on to a serving dish. Garnish the edge of the plate with the chopped white parts of the spring onions, chilli powder, fine slices of lime and ground roasted peanuts.