Many pad Thai recipes out there includes tomato sauce or ketchup but authentic pad Thai actually doesn’t require tomatoes at all! It is actually made with tamarind to give it that classic sour taste. Tamarind is a fruit that grows in pods and the pulp is made into a paste and is essential in Thai cuisine! You can find tamarind in most grocery stores now and can get either the paste in a jar or a block of it. If you find the tamarind in a block, you will need to soak it in hot water and strain it in a sift to get the seeds and membranes out of it. You can also make the pad Thai sauce ahead of time and store it in a jar in the fridge so you always have it on hand ready to make pad Thai.
This Pad Thai recipe uses chicken but you can easily change it to shrimp if you are a fan of seafood or eliminate all meat and seafood and use tofu instead. The tofu works really well in this dish since they are like little sponges and soaks up all the amazing pad Thai sauce.
Once you try this recipe, you will never had to order in Thai food again! Have you tried making this recipe? Comment below and let me know!