With a little help from the box: Pad Thai

pad thaiBeginning with this post, My Bay Kitchen will be preparing recipes of favorite international dishes, with a little  help from pre-packaged ingredients.  With the advances in food technology and the creative mind of entrepreneurs, we are now able to enjoy these dishes with the greatest of ease and the least amount of prep time, while still allowing us to tweak and “make them our own.”

Pad Thai is a popular menu item in many Thai restaurants.  Preparing a home-cooked version of this delightful dish can be a challenge: picking the right noodles and cooking it right; but more importantly, preparing the sauce that makes Pad Thai, Pad Thai.

While shopping at World Market, I came upon this $3 “Pad Thai Noodle Meal” which I brought to work one day for my quick lunch.  Loved it, loved it! Since then, I kept going back to the store to get more of this meal- in-a- box. Then I decided to enhance the meal by adding ingredients that approximated the $9 menu item I usually enjoy at my favorite Thai restaurants!

INGREDIENTS

1 box (9 oz) , Asian Passage brand, Pad Thai Noodle Mealphoto(249)

1/3 cup bean sprouts

8 pieces boiled shrimp (peeled)

1/3 cup firm tofu, deep fried and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 tbsp unsalted peanuts, ground

Cilantro leaves for garnish

Optional: strips of  omelet

DIRECTIONS

Cook the noodle meal as directed on the package. Add shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts. Top with ground peanuts and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, and if using, strips of omelet.  Mix, serve and enjoy!

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