coconut pad thai

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, lunch, vegetarian on 10.07.11 at 6:14 pm

this is definitely not your average pad thai. did the coconut & pistachios give it away? :)

in the spirit of culinary experiments — and in appreciation of fusion cuisine — i thought i’d add a tropical twist to this pad thai with some light coconut milk and crushed pistachios. tasty, indeed. not too shabby for my first go at cooking pad thai.

the prawns & the coconut:
– heat up 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil in large wok on medium heat
– add 2 sprigs of green onions (rooted stems removed, rough chop into sliced rounds)
– add 1.5 cups raw prawns (deveined, deshelled) to wok
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 1/2 can light coconut milk
– sauté prawns & stir ingredients for 1-2min until partially cooked

the tofu & veggies:
in the same wok, add the following ingredients to the prawns:
– 1/2 orange bell pepper (pitted, sliced)
– 1/2 yellow bell pepper (pitted, sliced)
– 1/3 green zucchini squash (sliced rounds)
– 1/3 yellow zucchini squash (sliced rounds)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté for 1-2min & stir regularly
– then add 1 cup raw tofu (chopped into bite-sized chunks)
– add 1/8 cup fresh cilantro (stems removed, rough chop) to wok
– stirfry ingredients together in wok until coconut milk is well combined

the noodles:
– soak 400g brown rice noodles in a shallow bowl w/ warm water for 8-10min, or until noodles are slightly tender
– drain water from noodles in a colander
– add noodles to other ingredients in wok
– sprinkle 1/4 pistachios (deshelled, crushed w/ mortar & pestle)
– stirfry noodles w/ other ingredients until well combined, and the tofu & prawns are cooked

(tip: do not overcook noodles or let the noodles go soggy.)

food styling:
– dish up noodles in a serving bowl w/ plenty of veggies, tofu & prawns on top
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– garnish w/ a sprig of fresh cilantro
– pairs nicely w/ chilled ginger ale

  1. Mmmmm such a nice twist on a classic! Definitely seems like a must try!


  2. I agree this is anything but average. Looks wonderful!


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