Having began cooking at the tender age of six, Saiphin Moore has managed to bring the food from her small Thailand hometown of Phetchabun to the hustle and bustle of East London, from where she set-up her own Street Food stall in Brick Lane during 2006. And following the stall’s huge success, Saiphin soon ended up as the Head Chef and Co-founder of Rosa’s Thai Café, the first of which opened in Spitalfields in 2008, and five more outposts have since opened across London.
Now, Saiphin Moore has shared the recipe for her delicious Prawn Pad Thai for you to make at home.
Eggs, 4, beaten
Rice Noodles, 300g (10oz), soaked in warm water for 20 minutes, then drained
Prawns, 8–10, shelled, deveined and heads removed
Dried Turnip, 2 tbsp (available from Asian supermarkets)
Bean Sprouts, 2 handfuls
Chilli Powder, to taste (optional)
Chinese chives, Bunch, or spring onions, 2, chopped
Roasted Peanuts, 4 tbsp, crushed
Lime Wedges, to serve for the Pad Thai Sauce
Tamarind Pulp, 3 tbsp
Vegetable Oil, 3 tbsp
Shallots, 3, chopped
Palm Sugar, 2 tbsp
Nam Pla, 1 tbsp (Thai fish sauce)
Pad Thai is probably the most famous of all Thai noodle dishes. It’s always a safe bet to serve this dish because everybody loves it, even the fussiest of eaters.
Deliciously pungent tamarind is the key ingredient in this dish.
First make the Pad Thai Sauce. Soak the Tamarind Pulp in 6 tbsp of warm water, then stir until it becomes a thick liquid.
Heat 2 tbsp of the Oil in a Wok, add the Shallots and Stir-Fry until almost golden brown.
Carefully add the Tamarind (in case it spits) and cook for 1 minute to reduce slightly.
Add the Palm Sugar, stirring to break it up, then stir in the Fish Sauce and continue to cook over a high heat for 1 minute until it has thickened slightly.
Transfer the Pad Thai Sauce to a bowl and set aside. This recipe makes enough sauce for about 4 servings, so store any leftover Pad Thai Sauce in an airtight container and use within 4 weeks.
Now prepare the Noodles. Scramble the beaten Eggs in a hot Wok with the remaining Oil, then add the Noodles and Stir-Fry until the Egg breaks up and the Noodles are soft.
Add the Prawns and Dried Turnip and Stir-Fry until the Prawns are nearly cooked.
Mix in 8 tbsp of the reserved Pad Thai Sauce and continue to Stir-Fry until the Noodles take on a nice golden brown colour.
Add the Bean Sprouts, Chilli Powder (if using), Chinese Chives and crushed Peanuts and keep Stir-Frying for another 2 minutes.
Transfer the Noodles to 2 serving plates and serve immediately with Lime wedges.
More information on Rosa’s Thai Café can be found at rosasthaicafe.com