Perhaps the most classic take-out dish of all time, Pad Thai just gets us. Could it be the succulent rice noodles soaking up the sweet-and-savory sauce? Or the crunchy sprouts and roasted peanuts playing against the soft, stir-fried tofu? Maybe it's the egg that makes this dish feel like a meal that satisfies your every craving. Whatever the case, you'll love our make-at-home version that's every bit as authentic as the original, without weighing you down.
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You Will Need
Prepare the Ingredients
Drain tofu, rinse under cold water, and pat dry. Cut into ½" cubes. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Halve lime. Thinly slice green onion at an angle (called a “bias” cut). Chop garlic into thin slivers. Stem cilantro.
Cook the Vermicelli
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, remove the pot from the heat, and add the vermicelli. Let the vermicelli soak until tender, about 5 minutes. (Rice vermicelli only needs to be soaked in hot water, instead of boiled.) Drain, pat dry, cut into 3" lengths, and return to the pot.
Make the Sauce
In a mixing bowl, whisk together juice of the lime, fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, 1 tsp. of sambal to taste (sambal can be spicy), ⅔ of green onion (reserving a pinch for garnish), and chopped garlic. Place the sauce in the pot with the cooked noodles, ensuring even coating, and let sit and marinate while you cook the eggs.
Cook the Eggs
Heat a large pan and 1 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the liquid egg, stirring constantly until light and fluffy. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside.
Finish the Pad Thai
Heat the same pan that you cooked the eggs in over medium heat. Add 1 tsp. olive oil and tofu and cook for 1 minute or until warm. When warmed, add the vermicelli, sauce, and eggs, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes until warmed throughout.
Plate the Dish
Place the Pad Thai in a bowl, ensuring an even portion of tofu, eggs, and vermicelli. Garnish with bean sprouts, peanuts, cilantro leaves, and remaining sambal and green onions. Serve with chopsticks.