I’m so excited to finally share this Pork Pad Thai with you! I made it a few weeks ago and I just kept putting off posting it which I have no idea why because you are going to LOVE it! It’s a complete meal in all its yumminess. Starch? ✔ Protein? ✔✔✔ (Pork, peanut butter, peanuts) Veggies? ✔ Crunch? ✔ Pretty garnishes? ✔ Delish? ✔ ✔ See what I mean? Lots going on for this dish. Oh yeah, and Less than 30 minutes? ✔
To be honest with you, this was only the second time I cooked with rice noodles. I was a little weary of them but they are super easy to cook and really soak up the sauce.
When I first made this dish I tried to make it vegetarian by using tofu. Yeah, it was my first experience with tofu and I decided to save like 30 cents and bought FIRM tofu instead of EXTA FIRM. Major mistake you guys. There were probably only 5 cubes left intact and despite my efforts to really season the buggers they just weren’t takin it. I’ll just say, my husband wasn’t too thrilled or impressed with my go at tofu. So the next night with the leftover noodles/veggies I used pork. And it ROCKED! Definitely blog worthy. But if you don’t eat pork, try chicken, and if you don’t eat any meat, you’re on your own with the tofu. Sorry!Isn’t peanut butter awesome?! You can eat it for breakfast on toast with honey and sliced bananas, as a PB&J for lunch, on apples and celery for a snack, and then in Thai pasta for dinner. Couldn’t live without that stuff! (If you are allergic try substituting almond butter, sunflower butter,… some other nut butter.)
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 plump cloves garlic, minced
- 1½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Juice of ½ lime
- ¼ teaspoons crushed red pepper
- 8 ounces Pad Thai Rice Noodles
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil (or canola oil)
- 1 pound pork, strips (pork stroganoff or I used sirloin chops and sliced into strips)
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup carrots, julienned
- 1 red bell pepper, julienned
- ¼ cup green onion, sliced thin
- ¼ cup peanuts
- 2 tablespoons cilantro
- Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- Place all sauce ingredients in an 8 ounce jar and shake until well combined.
- Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Remove from heat and drop noodles in. Stir to separate and cover with a lid. Let them soak for 6-7 minutes until al dente (you don't want them too soft since you'll be stir frying them).
- Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and pork strips and cook until evenly browned on all sides and fully cooked (5-6 minutes). Add the sprouts, carrots, pepper, and noodles in with the pork and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and mix in the sauce, green onions, and peanuts. Top with cilantro and sesame seeds and serve.
Recipe Source: Adapted from The Chew (less peanuts, less sugar, pork instead of chicken, no egg, different methods…)