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Cooking from scratch is great when you have the time and the inclination. If we're talking Thai then I love to make a spicy Thai green chicken curry with my own Thai green curry paste or even a refreshing mango salad with a zesty Thai dressing. However, life isn't always that fabulous.
Sometimes I'm home late, or I've not done the shopping, or sometimes I just really don't feel like cooking for hours on end. For those occasions its good to have something to hand thats quick, tasty, easy to make and cheap to buy - but isn't a take away or a ready meal. Thai Taste meal kits fit that bill perfectly, providing the basics to authentic Thai dishes but still allowing room for a bit of cooking and for a bit of artistic flare. And by that I mean the option to choose what goes into the dish in terms of meat and veggies. - Go wild if you like or keep it nice and simple.
For other quick and tasty one pan meals have a look at my super quick chicken and almond curry. easy Chicken Noodle Pho, healthy salmon and prawn linguine or how about a traditional dum-style fish biryani?
Pad Thai Noodles Recipe
Each kit contains the the essentials to get you started, so all you need is some meat and a few chopped vegetables. I had a go at making the Pad Thai noodles kit, which is basically a Thai stir fry. The kit comes with rice noodles, Pad Thai sauce and a chilli and peanut mix. The Pad Thai meal kit would work with most meats or even with just vegetables if you prefer a meat-free option.
Chicken or prawns are my go-to stir fry option or even a mixture: chicken and prawn Pad Thai anyone?!! I opted for a prawn Pad Thai with this kit and added in a selection of veg including mangetout, yellow bell pepper, spring onion and fresh chilli. I also had an egg to scramble into the mix and some fresh coriander and lime wedges for serving.
How do you make Pad Thai noodles?
- Finely chop your choice of fresh vegetables (mangetout, bell pepper and spring onion) and fresh chilli pepper.
- Cook Noodles in a pan of boiling water for 8 minutes or per packet instructions
- Add oil, raw prawns (or other choice of meat) and chopped chilli to a pan on a medium heat and stir fry until prawns are pink. For vegetarian option replace the meat with extra vegetables such as bean sprouts, baby corn and carrot)
- Add chopped vegetables and continue to stir fry. Then move Pad Thai ingredients to one side, crack in an egg and scramble.
- Add Thai Taste Pad sauce, the cooked noodles and the peanut mix
- Then stir together well
- Serve and garnish with fresh coriander. wedges of lime and extra freshly chopped chilli
Can you make Pad Thai ahead of time?
With the Thai Taste meal kit, you're already pretty much well on your way to a 'make ahead meal'. But to get it on the plate even quicker, the veg could be chopped earlier on and chilled in the fridge until needed. If using chicken this could also be diced in advance. However, I would only do this up to 24 hours beforehand and only with super fresh chicken. Prawns are even easier and don't require any pre preparation.
How do you make authentic Pad Thai sauce?
These recipe packs take all the hassle out of making that perfect Pad Thai sauce - as its already done for you! One of the sachets within the meal kit is a pre-prepared Pad Thai sauce, and its made with real, authentic, Thai ingredients. You just need to whack it the pan and give everything a good stir. However, if you are interested in making a Pad Thai sauce from scratch you can put one together quite easily with a few key ingredients. An in depth look into Pad Thai and its sauce as conducted by the Guardians Felicity Cloake concluded that the sauce requires a combination of fish sauce, tamarind and palm sugar. My own recipe for this will be available soon!!
Thai Taste meal kits
Meal kits are available now in Tesco, Asda, Waitrose, Sainsbury's and Ocado.
With thanks to Thai Taste for providing the meal kit for this post. All thoughts and opinions presented in this blog post are my own. I will only ever post about and link to foods and products I have tried and recommend myself.
Pad Thai Noodles with Prawns
- 1 Thai Taste Pad Thai Meal kit
- 1 packet Rice noodles (from Thai Taste meal kit)
- 1 ½ tablespoon Oil
- 250 g King prawns (Raw)
- 1 Red chilli pepper (deseeded and finely chopped)
- 80 g Mangetout (chopped)
- 150 g Yellow bell pepper (diced)
- 5 Spring onions (sliced) (40g)
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Sachet Pad Thai sauce (from Thai Taste meal kit)
- 1 Sachet Peanut and chilli mix (from Thai Taste meal kit)
- ½ Juice of a lime
- 1 bunch Fresh coriander to serve
- Extra lime wedges, chilli and spring onions for toppings
- Start by preparing the noodles according to the kit instructions: Empty noodles into a small pan, add a dash of oil and cover with boiling water, then simmer for 8 minutes or until cooked.
- Once cooked, drain the noodles and run through cold water to cool and set to one side.
- Next heat a tablespoon of oil in a large shallow pan or wok. Add the King prawns and chopped chilli and str fry until prawns turn bright pink.
- Immediately add the chopped vegetables and stir fry for another minute.
- With the heat on a medium flame, move the prawns and veg to one side of the pad and crack the egg into the other side. Allow the egg to just start to turn white and slightly set and then scramble with a wooden spoon.
- Mix the cooked egg into the prawn and veg
- Add the sachet of Pad Thai sauce from the Thai taste meal kit. As the sauce is quite salty no additional seasoning is required. Then add the cooked noodles and mix/toss together well.
- Next add the Thai Taste peanut mix and stir through.
- Finish with a squeeze of lime juice before serving with fresh coriander leaves, extra wedges of lime, chopped chilli and chopped spring onions.