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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.

Fine Cooking Issue 111
Sarah Breckenridge
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Making pad thai at home is surprisingly easy. The key is balancing the dish’s sweet, salty, sour, spicy, and bitter flavors. In this video, Corinne Trang teaches you how to prepare and stir-fry several Thai ingredidents to achive the right mix of flavor and texture for an authentic and delicious pad thai.

“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



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  • HoneyM | 10/21/2021

    Wow! Such an informative video. Now I feel like I can make an authentic Pad Thai. It's one of my favorite dish to eat & hopefully to cook now. Thanks for making this video. There is just one challenge. Where to get all the ingredients. 😊

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