Take-Out Fake Out: Pad Thai

Does anyone else have a tough time making home cooked meals every night? I certainly do.  Some Thursday nights I am plum tuckered out and we order pizza/Chinese/Thai/sushi and I always feel guilty about it.  One of our combined New Year's resolutions is to limit our take-out consumption and learn some quick substitutions for the things we typically order in.  I am hoping to feature some of our make-in(stead) recipes with all of you in a new feature called Take-Out Fake Out.*  First up, at home pad Thai.  I followed a Martha Stewart recipe that is not online anywhere but I followed her recipe almost exactly (with an addition and a substitution.)

Cast of Characters:

- 8 oz dry wide, flat rice noodles (I used Udon as that's what I had on hand)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice plus lime wedges for serving (3 limes were needed)
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce or fish sauce (I used fish)
- 1 Tbsp Sriracha
- 1 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 package of firm tofu, sliced and patted dry (we subbed 1/2lb of shrimp as we aren't tofu lovers)
- 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup of bean/mung sprouts (not in the original recipe but I love them)
- 8 scallions, thinly sliced
- Coarse Salt
- 2 Tbsp roasted, salted peanuts chopped (I used wasabi, soy sauce almonds)
- Chopped cilantro

1) Soak noodles according to the package's instructions, drain and set aside.  If you go the shrimp route, cook shrimp and set aside.

2) Whisk together the lime juice, soy/fish sauce, chili sauce and brown sugar. Set aside.

Pictures like this don't help my egg issues, ick.
3) Cook your eggs.  Martha suggests folding them into a threefold omelet and thinly slicing into pieces once fully cooked.  I'm not that fancy, so I just scrambled them dry and set them aside.

4) Add 1 1/2 tsp of oil to a wok or large skillet and add carrots, garlic, sprouts and scallion (white parts only) and cook down for 5 minutes or til soft.

5) Add lime juice mixture and bring to a simmer.  Add your noodles from Step 1 and cook, stirring frequently.  Add eggs and tofu/shrimp and gently toss to combine.  Season to taste with salt.  Top with nuts, cilantro, scallion greens and lime wedges.

We loved this at-home version, it was more spicy and not as sweet or heavy as takeout pad Thai.  I really liked the addition of the wasabi nuts on top for an added kick.  Each serving (with tofu) has approximately 450 calories and 18g of fat so its definitely better than the take-out version.

*I thought I was so clever coming up with Take-Out Fake Out, and yet Real Simple magazine ran a feature last month with the same title, boo! For the record, I did think of it before reading the magazine.

I would love to know, do you have any take-out fake out recipes of your own, or any you'd like me to try to re-create?  Let me know!


Anonymous said...

We get take-out more often than I'd like to admit. Our lives are busy, and sometimes it's nice to not have to stand in the kitchen cooking at the end of a long day.

I often think I've had an amazing idea, and one Google search later I realize that maybe I'm not so original. Oh well. As they say, there's nothing new under the sun.

Claire said...

i love pad thai! i can never get it right though. i'll have to try this. yum!


silvergirl said...

i love to cook , but Chinese and Indian are not in my wheel house at all

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I take out way too much! LOL This is going to be an excellent feature Cara. I'm totally paying attention. Your dish came out delish!! :D

JustPatience said...

Great recipe. Love pad thai.


Haley Rogers said...

This is ingenious. However next year I will be living above the best Thai restaurant in my town...takeout will be a little too easy to acquire...the cards are not in my favor. haha love the post though!
xoxo Haley

All Things Yummy said...

Looks good. I make a weekly menu Sunday and then grocery shop for the week so we don't have any excuses for take out. Of course, there are those tired days so I keep a frozen pizza in the fridge just in case.

Stylish By Nature said...

Great recipe!!

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