Pad Thai with rice noodles and tamarind sauce

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If I say that I was following a recipe for this dish I would lie. I wasn`t even in a cooking mood last night. I know that Pad Thai is originally made with thick noodles but I wanted to keep it light and fresh. I made Pad Thai sauce with a lot of lime and sweet tamarind. I liked the idea of mixing sweet and sour as this is how Asian food taste to me. If you are pro active and multitask you can have this dish ready in no time. Limited number of ingredients but a great result. I even ate eggs! And I usually don`t πŸ™‚ I wasn`t sure if mom (who is here for a short visit) would like it, but I must say it was a winner and she even served herself a second portion. No more talks- all you need here is 30 minutes time and the recipe below.

Ingredients:

For the sauce (prepare it in advance or together with the chicken)

– 5-6 tamarind pods- extract the meat of it

– 2 tbs water

– 3 tbs white vinegar

– 3 tbs fish sauce

– 1 tbs soy sauce

– 3 tbs brown sugar

– 2 tbs lime juice

– pinch of salt

For the Pad Thai

– 600g chicken breasts

– 1 pack of rice noodles

– 4 eggs

– spring onion

– 50g peanuts

– 1 tbs ginger

– 3 gloves garlic

– 1 red chiliΒ  pepper

– 1 tbs soy sauce

– 2 tbs lime juice

– 3-4 tbs oil

– 1 tbs corn starch

– salt and pepper for seasoning

Preparation:

Cut the chicken into cubes. Season with salt and pepper and add the corn starch. Preheat the oil and add the ginger, chopped garlic and red chili pepper. Add the chicken and 1 tbs soy sauce. Cook until its ready. Meanwhile mix all the ingredients for the sauce into a casserole and boil together for few minutes. Let it rest and set aside. Boil water and pour it over the rice noodles. Let them soak for 10 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, make a hole in the middle of the pan and add the eggs. Scramble for a minute and then mix with the chicken. Add 4-5 tbs from the Pad Thai sauce and then the noodles. Cook slightly add the lime juice and more from the sauce if you wish. Chop the spring onion and add half of it. Cook for another 5 minutes (or even less) and serve by sprinkle fresh onion, crushed peanuts and lime.

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