Welcome to Food in Focus. Each week we will post about different food from around the world, explaining what it is, where it comes from, where you can eat it and how to make it yourselves! This week we are heading to Thailand to experience Pad Thai!
What is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s most iconic dishes. It is a stir fried dish based on rice noddles, egg, peanuts, vegetables and seafood. It can also be found in many varieties to include chicken and pork. Often eaten as street food across Thailand, it is quick and easy to prepare and full of great flavour!
Where does Pad Thai come from?
As a stir fry dish, Pad Thai has it’s origins in Chinese cooking. Stir fry’s are quintessentially Chinese, but in the first half of the 20th Century, there was economic strife in Thailand which led to a shortage of rice. As the staple food for millions of citizens, the government promoted the benefits of noodles, and needed a new dish for the promotion whilst ensuring it was affordable for everyone. The Pad Thai was born from there!
Where can I eat Pad Thai?
Whilst its roots are arguably in northern Thailand around Chiang Mai, you will find it now on every menu in the country, and some of the best is to be found as street food! For the best experience however I would recommend getting yourself to Bangkok, find a food stall making Pad Thai on the street and tuck in! Pad Thai is not limited to Thailand, and can now be found the world over. So What are you waiting for?
How can I make Pad Thai?
Visit our recipe page to find my twist on this classic dish!