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April 29, 2010

On the way to get a Shrimp Pad Thai (and the recipe)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Map of My Soul @ 12:11 am

Shrimp Pad Thai


  • 8 ounces flat Thai rice noodles
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup raw or turbinado sugar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot Asian chili sauce (sambal oelek or sriracha)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp, butterflied with the shells on
  • 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 12-ounce package extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 6 radishes, cut into thin strips
  • 4 scallions, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (red and green), seeded and thinly sliced into strips


Soak the noodles in a bowl of warm water until soft enough to separate, about 10 minutes. Mix the fish sauce, sugar, chili sauce and lime juice in a separate bowl. When the noodles are soft, drain and return to the bowl. Put the bowls and other ingredients next to the stove (this dish cooks quickly).

Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the vegetable oil, then add the shrimp and stir-fry until pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl using a slotted spoon; leave the oil in the pan. Add the garlic and tofu to the pan; stir-fry until just golden. Add the noodles and 1/4 cup fish-sauce mixture; stir-fry until the noodles absorb the sauce, about 3 minutes. Add up to 1/4 cup water if the noodles seem dry, but don’t let them become mushy.

Add the radishes, scallions and 1/4 cup peanuts; toss to combine. Stir in the remaining fish-sauce mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning (you can add more water, lime juice or fish sauce).

Return the shrimp to the pan and heat through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a platter; top with bean sprouts, jalapenos and the remaining 1/4 cup peanuts. Serve with lime wedges.

Pretzels in Athens

Filed under: Uncategorized — Map of My Soul @ 12:06 am

Sitting in a coffee shop, reading the paper and enjoying the afternoon.  A leaf is blowing by.  Miss my time in Greece.

April 28, 2010

Hello world!

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