Monday, March 14, 2011

Pad Thai and a Giveaway!!

Last week I posted a recipe for Chardonnay Chicken with Goat Cheese & Proscuitto from Bruce Cadle's cookbook, Party for Two. Last night I cooked up another one of his delicious dishes, Pad Thai. I LOVE Thai food. There is a great Thai restaurant in the next town over and I love grabbing an order Pad Thai on my way home from the grocery store. I've always wanted to try to make it at home but I have always been overwhelmed by the number of ingredients it calls for. When I saw Bruce's recipe for Pad Thai I was super excited to find a shorter list of ingredients and that I had most of them already on hand. The Pad Thai was delicious!

Bruce also was generous to offer me one of his cookbooks to giveaway on my blog! See below on how to enter! His book has some fabulous recipes that are so easy to make. Even though they are simple to prepare, they taste as if you were out at a gourmet restaurant! You can buy Bruce's cookbook here at

Pad Thai
recipe by Bruce Cadle for Party for Two
photos by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 2 servings
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon Asian chili sauce (or substitute your favorite hot sauce)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 baby carrots, cut into matchstick-sized pieces
1/4 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon canola oil
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
4 oz medium-width rice noodles (soak for 60 minutes in cold water and drain)
1 recipe Pad Thai sauce (below) or 1/2 cup store-bought Pad Thai sauce
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons peanuts, finely chopped
1 bunch long chinese chives, or green onions
1 lime, cut into four wedges

Pad Thai Sauce
1/4 cup tamarind juice (I couldn't find this so I used the juice of 1 lime and add an equal amount of water)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fish sauce
1 teaspoon Asian chili sauc

Stir all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.

Marinate the chicken in chili sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil for at least 2 hours or overnight. Coat the carrot sticks with rice wine vinegar and canola oil.

Heat vegetable oil in a wok. Add garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add chicken (discard marinade)  and stir-fry for five additional minutes. Add the noodles, stirring rapidly so they don't stick together. Add the Pad Thai sauce and keep stirring until everything is thoroughly mixed. The noodles should appear soft and moist and be coated with the sauce.

Push the contents of the wok up around the sides to make room to fry the eggs. If the pan is very dry, add one more tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the eggs and spread the noodles over the eggs to cover. When the eggs are cooked, stir the noodles until everything is well mixed.

Garnish with carrots, chives, and peanuts, and drizzle with lime juice.

click here to print this recipe

Giveaway Rules!
  • The giveaway will run from Monday 3/14 - Monday 3/21.
  • I will announce the winner on my Tuesday 3/22 post
  • To enter, either become a follower or "Like" me on facebook, or both!! and leave me a comment letting me know what you did. If you are already a follower, just leave me a comment saying you are.
  • If you are the winner, I will comment on your blog with the great news! If you do not have a blog, leave me an email at with your email address.
Thank you Bruce for another great recipe and for this giveaway!


Wanna Be A Country Cleaver said...

Yay for a giveaway! And a great one at that! I'm a follower here and on Facebook!
My blog is on facebook as well, can't wait to see what you post there as well :) All the best ~Megan

Manuela said...

Great recipe! I am a follower on Facebook. Very nice blog! :-)

Manu (

Sandra said...

Yummy..that meal is so beautiful! Love the flavors and color contrast! Nicely done!

Ana Rita said...

I also love thai....among others!!!!lol
I don't know if i can join in because i'm in another country but if i can count on me please.I'm a follower here at the blog!!!


Lizzy said...

Looks like a marvelous recipe! I am one of your followers :)

Belinda said...

I love pad thai and what a great recipe!!

Carina said...

Wow! This looks yummy! I love pad thai too, but have been a bit shy to make this at home. You've inspired!

soulsearchingvegan said...

I go out of my way to get pad thai whenever and wherever I possibly can, but I have yet to try it in my own kitchen. Thank for the inspiration to give it a try, only my version is going to be the vegan baby of yours :-)


Arthur said...

Im a follower and enjoy reading your blog.

Becky said...

I am a follower now. This is a great recipe with layers of flavor, and great colors.

Susan Lindquist said...

Good Pad Thai is a joy to behold, isn't it ?!? Yours looks delish!

Topher said...

I love Thai! Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm a follower.

Chris M.

zekks at yahoo dot com

Erin said...

Pad Thai is one of my all time favorite meals. Yours looks wonderful!!!!

Melissa said...

Based on the two recipes from this cookbook so far, I'd love to win! Following the blog via GFC.

craftyfusion at gmail

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Thai food is my favorite! I actually have had Thai curry the past two days... :) Looks fantastic! said...

I love pad thai, and this recipe sounds really good!

Montanna Honc said...

I am following you!

Pip and Ebby said...

I'm HUGE pad thai nut!! I "liked" you on FB!


Beloved Green said...

I'm a blog follower :-)

Carla said...

hi I am now a follower!

Ela said...

i live in the Philippines so i don't know if a am eligible for the giveaway. i'd love to have a copy of the cookbook. i'm a blog follower already.

Yin said...

Me too a Thai food lover, Pad Thai indeed so yummy to eat, just can't get enough of it and yours looks really appealing too.
I'm officially your follower too and thanks for your friend add.

Duxa said...

Hi, great recipe!!!lovely combination of flavours, and lovely photos!!!
Hugs ;) said...

It would be easier to "Like" you and follow you if you actually linked to your profiles... there are a over a dozen "Eat Drink and Be Merry" on FB. Just sayin'...

Can you believe I've never made pad thai before? I think that is going to have to change.

K. Belfield said...

I just had pad thai over the weekend. Had a lazy day with chick flicks and pad thai... Would have loved this recipe to try and make it at home. Will have to do that next time.

I am a follower and would LOVE a copy of this book.

briarrose said...

I love pad just smells so amazing. Beautiful dish.

Sabrina said...

thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! I apolgize if my facebook link hasn't been working. It seems to work for a few hours and then stops. I have put it on a different way and now we should be good to go. Thanks!

Glad everyone is enjoying Bruce's recipes!

iwilkerson said...

I just "liked" you on Facebook. Pud Thai has been on my "to try" list for a long time!

Katrina said...

Great colors and flavors going on here! COngrats! ♥- Katrina

Ms Chef said...

I'm a facebook follower! Thanks for the tip on the tamarind - I luckily have access to an Asian grocer down the road, but good to know an alternative!

potandkettlecookbook said...


I'm following you on facebook!

Chinese restaurant Brisbane said...

Ok, this Pad Thai recipe is very good i must admit. I'm making it on very similar way and people just love it. Good job man!


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