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How to Make Authentic Pad Thai

You’ve had the takeout version—now try the real deal. Cooking teacher, author, and expert on Asian cuisines Corinne Trang shows you how to make this iconic Thai noodle dish.

Length: 11:34
Produced By: Sarah Breckenridge

"The key to perfect pad thai is to balance the sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and bitter flavors, which make the dish so delicious," says teacher, chef, and author Corinne Trang. To achieve the right mix of flavor and texture, Corinne uses several Thai ingredients, including tamarind, palm sugar, and fish sauce. In this video, she shows us how to prep those ingredients, and the right way to stir-fry them. The pad thai is finished with traditional garnishes of mung bean sprouts, fresh Thai basil, fiery chiles, peanuts, scallions, and wedges of lime. “All these textures and flavors,” says Corinne, “make for delicious harmony in the wok” (see the Test Kitchen tip for how to season a wok).

Get the recipe: Authentic Pad Thai

 

Videography by Gary Junken and Mike Dobsevage, edited by Cari Delahanty

from Fine Cooking
Issue 111

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