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Vegetarian Pad Thai
with tofu / broccoli / bean sprouts / peanuts

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
Master the well-loved Thai take-out dish in your own kitchen with this classic recipe for Pad Thai! The combination of textures, flavors and colors make this a dish that's easy to love and worth a special trip to buy the star ingredient - tamarind concentrate.
Smarts: Pad Thai sometimes has a red-ish hue. In Thailand it comes from shrimp paste, but elsewhere, it's often a bit of ketchup added to the sauce. If you want that red color, add a tablespoon of ketchup (for 4 servings) to your sauce.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Tofu and Vegetable Pad Thai:
  • Tofu, extra-firm - 16 oz , cubed (vacuum-packed preferable)
  • Broccoli, florets - 4 oz , chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1 , sliced
  • Peanuts, roasted and unsalted - 1/4 cup , chopped
  • Cilantro - 4 Tbsp , leaves torn
  • Limes - 1 , wedges
  • Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice noodles - 8 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Tamarind sauce (ingredients listed separately) - ~1/2 cup
  • Bean sprouts (opt) - 1 cup
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind Sauce:
  • Tamarind concentrate - 2 to 8 Tbsp (find this at an international market or on Amazon)
  • Stock, any type - 1/3 cup
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Then slice into 1" (2.5 cm) cubes. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  2. Make tamarind sauce - Double if making Thursday's meal. Combine tamarind concentrate (start with the low end of the range), stock, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 1 minute until sugar and cornstarch dissolve. Taste sauce and adjust to your preference, adding more tamarind concentrate, more sugar, some salt or some red pepper flakes if you'd like (note: commercial tamarind concentrate can vary widely in flavor, so add as much as you would like up to the upper end of the range provided). Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, 2 to 3 minutes more. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Broccoli / Bell peppers / Nuts - Prep as directed. Combine vegetables in one container. Store nuts separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Cilantro / Lime wedges - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Tofu - Combine cornstarch (the portion for the Pad Thai), salt and pepper. Add tofu and toss to coat.

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Make

  1. Soak noodles in warm tap water (it should feel quite warm but not hot) until tender and pliable but still have a bite, 8 to 10 minutes. (To test if they are ready, twist a single noodle around your finger. It should wrap easily but not break.)
  2. While noodles soak, heat a wok or saute pan with first part of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add tofu and saute until tofu is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Set tofu aside and return pan to heat.
  4. Add second part of oil to heated pan and then add broccoli and bell peppers with some salt. Season with some salt and pepper and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Pour water over vegetables and reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid or foil and steam vegetables until tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
  6. When vegetables are cooked, add noodles and sauce (remember to save half if doubled for Thursday) to pan and saute until noodles are heated through and tender, 1 to 2 minutes more.
  7. Remove pan from heat and add bean sprouts and tofu to vegetables. Toss until ingredients are well combined.
  8. Divide noodles between serving bowls and top with peanuts, cilantro, lime wedges and red pepper flakes. Enjoy!

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