|Love those Asian noodle dishes|
I don't know that you would call them truly "authentic" recipes (as you will see with the dish I am making). But they are clearly inspired dishes with approachable, easy-to-find ingredients, that can easily be made in the American kitchen.
The recipe I chose to make is the Pad Thai - the national dish of Thailand with its flat rice stick noodles, usually tossed with some kind of protein, eggs, and various garnishes in a light, sweet, yet tangy sauce. It's good stuff. And there are probably as many different recipes for Pad Thai as there are people.
This particular Pad Thai recipe (found here - this is the same recipe that is in the book) is made with shrimp, rice stick noodles, eggs, bean sprouts, and a number of different options for customization - scallions, chopped peanuts, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh cilantro, and a squirt of lime, if you so desire.
One seemingly unusual ingredient is used to make the sauce - good old fashioned ketchup! Traditionally, tamarind paste is used in the making of Pad Thai, which helps impart a particularly sweet, yet, sour taste to the sauce. Pad Thai purists throw a fit at the notion of ketchup being used as a substitute to help achieve this flavor. I am not saying it is right, but let's face it - you might not be able to easily track down tamarind paste, and virtually everyone has ketchup available to them.
|Pad Thai from Asian Noodles|
If you didn't tell anyone there was ketchup in here, they would never know. Sweet, tangy, salty, sour - the dish is delicious and balanced. And even though the book didn't call for it, I would also recommend having a bottle of Sriracha sauce at the table for those (like me) who want some extra heat. Good stuff!
All things considered, this is a nice cookbook with a wide array of recipes, and it is a good introduction to cooking with Asian noodles. I have made other successful dishes from this book, including Thai basil chicken with rice stick noodles, as well as the Singapore noodles. It is a book I keep coming back to when I want to cook an easy, approachable Asian noodle dish.