Simple Pad Thai
Thai food is without a doubt one of my favorite cuisines. In fact if you made me pick between my hometown Kansas City BBQ and Thai food I would probably pick Thai food and break up with BBQ. It would be a rough break up but I would be strong and do it because I just don’t love anything else the way that I love Thai food, it understands me. Now if you asked me this with a steaming rack of ribs in front of me I might not be that strong, but I would try.
In Fort Collins, the little hole-in-the-wall Cafe de Bangkok is the preferred local place to get Thai food from. I always get the green curry and Tony always gets the Pad Thai which works out well because I then steal bites of his Pad Thai throughout the meal. We keep telling ourselves we need to try new things but our usual dishes are just SO GOOD! When you order your food they’ll ask you how hot you want it. There’s mild, medium, hot and Thai Hot. Thai hot will burn your face off in the most delicious way while medium and hot are sometimes really mild and sometimes more like Thai hot. I’ve never heard someone order mild, it seems a distasteful thing to do but if you make mild Thai food in the privacy of your own kitchen, who’s to know? The world is your oyster when you make your own dinner.
Pad Thai especially is budget friendly, extremely delicious, easy to substitute ingredients and the perfect meal to whip up for a weeknight or a special occasion. The more you make it the faster you’ll get at it too so don’t be discouraged if it takes awhile your first time. I wrote this recipe to include shrimp because it’s traditional, delicious and I think everyone should know the trick for cooking shrimp perfectly. But i’ll let you in on a little secret that’s not very authentic of me, 90% of the time I’ll make it with steak. It’s so good! Plus searing a steak is fast and low mess. What I haven’t done is take it a step further and done a surf and turf. Gosh I just thought of that.. It sounds amazing. And not authentic but who cares if it’s delicious? Comment below and let me know what Thai dishes are your favorite and what dishes you’d like to see recipes for. Enjoy!