Pad Thai Glass Noodles (ผัดไทวุ้นเส้น)
Hi, everyone. Mod here.
I've noticed lately that everytime I was at Thai restaurant when someone at a table asked for the recommended dish s one of those items would always be Pad Thai. As a former server at Thai restaurants, I did the same thing. I suggested my customers to try Pad Thai especially who never or rarely eat Thai food.
Normally, you would see Pad Thai made from rice noodles. Not so many restaurants will have Pad Thai Glass Noodles. I know some places have Pad Woon Sen which is made with glass noodles. But Pad Thai glass noodles and Pad Woon Sen have different sauces and ingredients.
Why Glass Noodles
I love glass noodles. I used to think a good glass noodles always have a clear, transparent look, but it is not always true. Please, read the ingredients of glass noodle before you buy it. A good quality glass noodle is made from mung beans. When you use a noodle made from beans you are decreasing the glycemic index of a recipe significantly. The glycemic index is a measure of the rate at which a food converts to blood sugar. Generally, eating lower glycemic index foods has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar.
Choosing Healthy Glass Noodles
It is important to use a good quality glass noodle because you have to soak the glass noodle in water before stir fry. If you choose whatever glass noodle, the noodle might break apart into small pieces, and we don't want it to happen to our Pad Thai Glass Noodle. Also, make sure the noodles are made from green or mung beans if you are going for lower glycemic index ingredients.
How I Adapted the Recipe to Make it Healthier
I adapted this recipe to make it easier to cook. You can purchase all the ingredients in this recipe at your local grocery store, in the Asian section. If you are in a rural location you can buy them from Amazon available on the top menu. By going to amazon through our store you are supporting our blog.
Pad Thai and Pad Thai Glass Noodles have the same taste which is sweet, sour, and salty. Also, you can add more of lime juice, chili powder, hot sauce, fish sauce to modify it the way you like it. This is very traditional Thai way to eat food. We always have chili, fish sauce, vinegar, sugar, and etc on the dining table.
Here's the Pad Thai Glass Noodle recipe
- • ½ lb. glass noodles (soaked in water)
- • 6 oz. Large Shrimp, clean and shell off (about 14 counts)
- • 1 whole egg
- • 2 eggs white
- • 4 oz. bean sprouts (fresh or can)
- • 4 stalks green onion (cut 1 inch)
- • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- • ½ cup of water
Pad Thai Glass Noodles sauce
- • 3 tbsp fish sauce
- • 3 tbsp lime juice
- • ¼ cup Truvia brown sugar
- • 1 tsp paprika powder
- Mix fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, and paprika in a small bowl.
- Stir all the ingredients and make sure the brown sugar dissolve with the rest of the ingredients.
To make Pad Thai Glass Noodles
- Soak glass noodles in water about 10 minutes then cut them half with a scissors.
- Heat olive oil in a wok, add chopped garlic. Stir till the garlic turns golden.
- Add shrimp and cook till they turn pink.
- Add glass noodles and stir fry until they're soft ( only a couple minutes). From this step, keep a glass of water close to you because you'll need to add some water in the wok, so the glass noodles won't stick on the wok and burn.
- Set the glass noodles and shrimp on a side of the wok.
- Add eggs (whole and white), stir the eggs to small pieces.
- Bring the glass nooldes and shrimp down to the wok after eggs are well done.
- Add Pad Thai sauce, follow bean sprouts and green onion
- Stir fry until the vegetables are soft. Turn off the stove.
- Serve with fresh bean sprouts, green onion, crush roasted unsalted peanut, and hot sauce on the side. YUM!!