Did you know that pad Thai was actually invented in the 1930s as part of a government program to come up with an official national dish for Thailand? (I got that fact from Andy Ricker’s amazing Pok Pok cookbook).

Last weekend I shared a pic of my homemade pad Thai and some of you asked for the recipe. I love making this dish and I hope you do too.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 shallots, thinly sliced
1 cup of chicken, cut into chunks.
2 eggs
2 tablespoons soy sauce
fresh bean sprouts (for garnish)
Chopped fresh cilantro, chopped roasted peanuts and chopped scallions
Lime wedges
Thai rice noodles

Here’s how I do:

Get your wok super hot and add the oil. I sauté the chicken in the wok, shallots, garlic, eggs and soy sauce all in. Cook the rice noodles super fast in boiling water. The rest of the pad Thai – the sprouts, cilantro, peanuts and scallions – I leave as a garnish bar. I can grab a bowl of the chicken and noodles w homemade pad Thai sauce and kids just SEE chicken and noodles and they LOVE the taste. I then doctor up my own bowl with the bean sprouts peanuts, hot sauce, cilantro etc. and mama gets her noodle on. The thing is, the “garnish bar” is so pretty that the kids always end up trying new combos.

Did you guys see my cucumber recipe I shared with my dude Sweet Paul? Put those on top too. Boom.

Super easy, like 15 min meal.