How to Cook Almost-Traditional Pad Thai

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How to Cook Almost-Traditional Pad Thai Recipe
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Chop veggies, mince garlic

Chop veggies, mince garlic

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Freeze your pressed tofu beforehand. This will give it a much spongier, springier texture when fried. Sauté on med-high heat in some oil and don't let it stick to the pan or you'll lose the crispy!

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After tofu is cooked, add veggies and continue to sauté. Cook shrimp in the same pan for about 2 minutes before adding sauce.

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Sauce consists of fish sauce, sugar, and tamarind paste. I live in the middle of nowhere and cannot find tamarind to save my life, so... I use ketchup. Don't tell anyone. It's our delicious secret.

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Add the par-cooked rice noodles to the pan and work them into the mix with tongs. I cook my noodles for about 1 minute in boiling water, as they are very sensitive to heat and mushiness.

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After the heat is off, add cabbage and sprouts. The residual heat of the dish is enough to soften them.

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Garnish with crushed peanuts, chopped fresh cilantro, and lime. Add chili sauce if desired (I use the chili-garlic stuff in a jar). Eat.

Garnish with crushed peanuts, chopped fresh cilantro, and lime. Add chili sauce if desired (I use the chili-garlic stuff in a jar). Eat.

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