Pad Thai Noodles With Shrimps
4 ounces (110 g) rice noodles (medium width, about ⅛ inch/3 mm thick)
2 level tablespoons dried shrimps
2 clv garlic, peeled and crushed
2 mediums red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
juice 1 large lime (about 2 tablespoons)
2 lrg eggs, lightly beaten
2 heaped tablespoons fresh coriander leaves
The way to tackle this is by having all the ingredients on the list prepared and assembled in front of you. First of all place the dried shrimps in a jug, cover with some boiling water and soak for 10 minutes, then do the same with the noodles, placing them in a bowl and making sure they're totally submerged in boiling water. After this time, drain the noodles in a colander and rinse them in cold water, then drain the shrimps. Now, to prepare the prawns, peel off and discard the shells, then you need to de-vein them. To do this, make a slit all along their backs using a small, sharp knife and remove any brownish-black thread, using the tip of the knife to lift it out. Now c
When you're ready to start cooking, heat the oil in the frying pan or wok over a high heat until it is really hot. Then, first add the garlic, chilli and red onion and fry for 1-11/2 minutes, or until the onion is tender, then, keeping the heat high, add the soaked dried shrimps and the prawns and fry for a further 2 minutes, or until the prawns have turned pink and are cooked. After that add the fish sauce and the lime juice, then stir this around for just a few seconds before adding the noodles.
Now toss them around for 1-2 minutes, or until the noodles are heated through. Next add the beaten egg by pouring it slowly and evenly all over.
Notes:I first ate this in a small street cafe in Ko Samui, an island off Thailand.