This classic dish really does sum up why we absolutely adore Thai food.
Fresh, vibrant and – when it’s done right – unbelievably delicious.
You’ll spot many variations of this dish being served on the streets of Thailand.
And we spent many evenings in Thailand enjoying them!
Pad thai is traditionally made using fish sauce, so it’s practically impossible to recreate a truly authentic version using vegan ingredients.
But that doesn’t stop us trying!
We use a combination of ingredients to recreate the flavour you’d typically get from fish the sauce.
Here’s the lowdown on everything you need to know:
- The pineapple juice really helps to give our homemade vegan fish sauce that ‘tangy’ flavour. Shout out to our favourite Asian vegan street food gurus Eat Chay for suggesting this. You can also use nori (aka seaweed), but to be honest you’ll still miss that tangy flavour which is typical of pad thai.
- ‘WTF is black salt?’ you’re probably thinking. Black salt is in fact called ‘kala namak’ and it’s used in South Asian cooking. It has a strong sulphurous flavour, which gives our silken tofu its ‘eggy’ taste.
- We love tofu puffs. They’re deep fried pieces of tofu and they’re just the greatest thing ever. You’ll find them in your local Asian supermarket, but simply substitute for firm tofu if you’re struggling to find any.
Vegan Pad Thai
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- 150g / 5.3oz dry rice noodles
- vegetable oil
- 200g / 7oz silken tofu
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp black salt
- salt & pepper
- 1 shallot
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 carrot
- 2 spring onions
- 100g / 3.5oz tofu puffs or firm tofu
- handful beansprouts
- handful peanuts, plus extra for topping
- 1 lime
- handful of fresh coriander
For the sauce:
- 2tsp tamarind paste
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
- 3 tbsp pineapple juice
- 4 tbsp water
- 1 tsp chilli flakes
- Transfer the rice noodles to a large bowl and submerge them in warm water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.
- Next, add a drizzle of vegetable oil to a wok on a high heat. Once hot, add the silken tofu, breaking it between your fingers as you add it to the pan to create a scrambled egg-like consistency. Add the turmeric, black salt, and pinches of salt and pepper. Fry for 8 mins.
- Meanwhile peel and dice the shallot and garlic cloves, thinly slice the carrot, roughly chop the spring onion and slice the tofu puffs into bite-sized pieces.
- Once the silken tofu is ready, transfer the vegan egg to a bowl. Wipe down the wok and return to the heat.
- Add another drizzle of vegetable oil to the wok and once hot add the shallot, garlic and tofu puffs, and fry for 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile combine all the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Next add the carrot to the wok and fry for 1 minute.
- Drain the noodles and add them to the wok along with the sauce and cook for around 5 minutes or until the noodles are soft and ready.
- Stir in the vegan egg, spring onion and bean sprouts. Then roughly chop the peanuts and throw them in.
- Divide the pad thai between two bowls. Slice the lime into wedges and pick the coriander leaves off their stalks, then add both to the serving bowls to decorate. We like to top with extra chopped peanuts.