Though pad thai is Thailand's iconic national dish, it’s surprisingly easy to make. Even better, the ingredients for this noodle stir-fry are fairly accessible. The only two specialty items are dried rice noodles and fish sauce, both of which are increasingly available at many supermarkets. This version is made even quicker by using leftover roast chicken.
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Fill a medium saucepan with lukewarm water. Add the rice noodles, and soak until just tender, about 15 minutes. Rinse well in a colander under cold running water, then drain well. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.
Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot, about 1-1/2 minutes. Sprinkle the shrimp with 3/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring often, until opaque and firm to the touch, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.
Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. oil to the skillet and, after a couple of seconds, the scallions, chile(s), and ginger and cook, stirring, until they start to brown, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and cook, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, until just set, about 1 minute. Add the noodles, chicken, bean sprouts, and shrimp and cook, stirring, until the mixture heats through and starts to brown, about 3 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir together the fish sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Add to the skillet and cook, tossing, for 2 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the peanuts and with the lime wedges on the side.
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