Pad thai - vegetarian

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 quarts ;water
¾ pounds Mung bean sprouts
6 ounces Rice noodles (1/4-inch wide)
3 tablespoons Fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons Catsup
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
¼ cup Fish sauce* or soy sauce
3 tablespoons Peanut oil or vegetable oil
3 \N To 4 cloves garlic; minced or pressed
1 tablespoon Fresh chile; minced OR
1½ teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups Carrots; grated
4 larges Eggs; lightly beaten with a pinch of salt
⅔ cup Peanuts; chopped
6 \N To 8 scallions; chopped (about 1 cup)



*Fish sauce is made from fermented salted fish. It can be found in Asian food stores and requires no refrigeration after opening.

In a covered pot, bring the water to a rolling boil. Blanch the mung bean sprouts by placing them in a strainer or small colander and dipping it into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Set aside to drain well. When the water returns to a boil, stir in the rice noodles and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain the cooked noodles, rinse them under cool water, and set them aside to drain.

Prepare the remaining ingredients and have them near at hand before you begin to stir-fry. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet. Add the garlic and chile, swirl them in the oil for a moment, and stir in the grated carrots. Stir-fry for 1 minute. Push the carrots to the sides to make a hollow in the center. Pour the beaten eggs into the center and quickly scramble them. When the eggs have just set, pour in the sauce mixture and stir everything together. Add the drained rice noodles and mung sprouts, and toss to distribute evenly. Stir in the peanuts and scallions, and serve at once.

Per 8 oz. serving: 296 calories, 11.3 g protein, 15 g fat, 31 g carbohydrate, 712 mg sodium, 142 mg cholesterol. Source: Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home.

Shared and MM by Judi M. Phelps. jphelps@..., juphelps@..., or jphelps@...

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