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Homemade Basil Pad Thai | Popular Thai Recipe

Pad Thai, one of my favorite Thai dishes…

One of my favorite cuisines is Thai cuisine. I’m glad there are a few good Thai restaurants in my city. I’ve to have Thai dishes at least a few times a month. One dish that I order without any second thoughts is Pad Thai. However, making authentic Pad Thai in my kitchen is quite a challenge. It’s all about the sauce & the cooking technique stir-fried over high heat.

Every time I make Pad Thai in my kitchen, I tend to tweak the recipe. In one of the Thai restaurants in my city, fried shallots and basil are added to Pad Thai which greatly enhances the taste. So this time, I added fried shallots, basil and altered the sauce recipe as well. Overall, this version of Basil Pad Thai turned out delicious.

Homemade Basil Pad Thai | Popular Thai Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 People
  • Sesame oil- 3 tbsp
  • Garlic, chopped- 3 cloves
  • Thai bird's eye chili- 2, halved (it's super hot)
  • Basil leaves- 15 leaves
  • Green onions, chopped- 2 stalks
  • Shallots, sliced thin- 4
  • Shrimp, deveined & shelled- 20
  • Egg, beaten- 2
  • Rice noodles, cooked- ½ packet (thin or thick noodles)
For Making Sauce
  • Soy sauce- 3 tbsp
  • Dark soy sauce- 1 tbsp
  • Fish sauce- 2 tbsp
  • Tomato Ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Palm sugar- 1 tbsp (or add 1 tsp white sugar)
  • Water- ¼ cup
  • Fried shallots
  • Roasted peanuts, crushed
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Bean sprouts
  • Lime wedges
  1. Cook the rice noodles in boiling water till they turn al dente. Avoid overcooking the rice noodles will turn gummy.
  2. Drain the water, drizzle 1 tbsp oil over the noodles and combine well to prevent from sticking. Keep the noodles aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for making the sauce & keep aside.
  4. Adding fried shallots will greatly enhance the taste of pad thai. Do not skip adding fried shallots.
  5. Fry 1 shallot sliced in 2 tbsp sesame oil till they turn crispy & golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel & keep aside.
  6. Place a large wok over medium-high heat, add sesame oil.
  7. Add garlic & Thai bird's eye chilies, saute till garlic turns light golden.
  8. Thai bird's eye chili is super hot, if you can't handle too much heat add only 1.
  9. Add basil leaves, Thai basil or regular basil; saute for 2 minutes.
  10. Add green onions & shallots, saute till shallots turn light golden in color.
  11. Add shrimp, cook for a few minutes as per your needs.
  12. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl, beat well using a whisk.
  13. Add the eggs to the wok, scramble the eggs.
  14. Add half of the prepared sauce, stir fry the shrimp for 2 minutes.
  15. Add the cooked rice noodles, stir fry for a minute.
  16. Add the remaining sauce, stir fry over high heat for 3 minutes.
  17. Remove the wok from the heat & keep it aside.
  18. Serve onto a plate.
  19. Add the toppings- fried shallots, peanuts crushed, green onions, cilantro & bean sprouts. Place a lime wedge on top.
  20. Enjoy my version of Basil Pad Thai, tastes delish.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...