Veggie Pad Thai

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Veggie Pad Thai

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    Ingredients

    9 oz (250 g) wide or medium rice noodles 2 tsp tamarind paste
    3-4 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tsp demerara or raw sugar
    8 oz (225 g) firm tofu, diced 1 tbsp soy sauce
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 fresh hot red chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
    1 large egg, lightly beaten ⅓ cup dry-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
    ⅔ cup hot vegetable stock 1 bunch of scallions (green onions), finely chopped
    juice of 1 lime 1 cup fresh bean sprouts (optional)
    1 tsp Asian fish sauce, such as nam pla (optional) handful of fresh cilantro leaves

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 30 min (Quick)
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    • 1

      Soak the rice noodles in a bowl of boiling hot water for 10 minutes, then drain. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok over medium-high heat, and swirl it around the pan. Add the tofu, and cook for about 10 minutes until golden-you may need to use more oil. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

    • 2

      Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan. When hot, add the garlic and cook for 10 seconds, then add the egg and cook, stirring and breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until scrambled. Remove from the pan, and set aside.

    • 3

      Now add another tablespoon of the oil. Again, when hot, add the drained noodles, and stir gently to coat with the oil. Pour in the stock, lime juice, fish sauce (if using), tamarind paste, sugar, and soy sauce; toss to combine. Let bubble for a few minutes, then stir in the chile.

    • 4

      Add half of the peanuts, the scallions, and the bean sprouts, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Now top with the reserved scrambled egg, stir to combine, and transfer to a serving plate. To serve, scatter the remaining peanuts over the top, and sprinkle with cilantro.

    notes

    Buy a prepared Pad Thai sauce and toss with the noodles for a quick home-from-work dish.

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