27 March 2008

Forgive Me Thailand Version 2.0

I made Pad Thai yesterday. Or rather, I tried to make Pad Thai yesterday.

Well, I like the dish a lot, I always order Pad Thai whenever we go to Jasmine restaurant. So, I found this recipe of vegetarian Pad Thai, and since I went to a nice supermarket the other day, and found the right ingredients.

So, I have all the ingredients, Sriracha, scallions, shallots, tofu, eggs, rice noodles, sprouts, soy sauce, sugar, among others. But, the forces of nature made it a mess, a disaster.

Well, first of all, I was tired. It was already 10:00 PM. I was so tired so I wasn't concentrating enough. It seems that one needs intense concentration when one makes Pad Thai.

Second, I am not familiar with rice noodles. The directions on the packet say that all one needs is 6-8 minutes of hot water, and the rice noodles would be ready. The recipe on the other hand said that I needed to soak it in warm water for 25-30 minutes. So, what I did was I boiled water, and once it boiled, I took it off the heat and soaked the noodles. In the meantime, I made the other ingredients.

So, the rice noodles became too soggy. The shallots didn't come crispy like what it's supposed to be. And the other reason is that I didn't have a wok. I have a large skillet, but no wok. So that was another disaster.

Anyway, so, all in all, my Pad Thai wasn't chopstickable. I need a spoon in order to eat it. The sauce is amazing, because the right combination of Sriracha, soy sauce, and sugar was perfect. However, the rest was bad.

In order to change the topic, I finished reading the previous novel I was reading, and I don't even want to review it. I didn't like it; it was a combination of hypocritical homosexual clergy, homophobic Ku Klux Klan, and a couple of drag queens with an underground following. It was too melodramatic, I didn't like it. But it was just me that I don't stop a book mid-way, so I finished it.

So I picked up this new book, lent to me by a friend. This is a collection of non-fiction concerning travel. So far, it is good.

(Atlas from another angle, from my New York City Series)


  1. chopstickable? Love the new word! :D

    I love Pad Thai too but I'm not sure I would know how to cook it... I'd love to reproduce so many things I eat in restaurant. But the ingredients etc. are sometimes tricky to find.

    Better luck next time!

  2. Zhu,

    Hahaha, I am a linguist, I have the right to invent words! And thanks, yes, I will try again with the Pad Thai. Hopefully I get it right next time.