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The Origins of Pad Thai

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The Origins of Pad Thai

 

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The world can’t seem to get enough of Pad Thai. That one is true. In all corners of the world, Pad Thai – a Thai-style stir-fried noodle – is likely to be available for your cravings. For the debut food clip that we are doing in this column, I can’t help featuring this iconic dish of my country.

 

Ask any Thai, and you’ll notice that we don’t reckon Pad Thai as our staple as much as rice dishes. After all, as anyone knowns, rice largely equals Thai food. But Pad Thai – the dish prepared mainly with rice noodle – appeared in our history as something of a tasty adaptation.

 

 

Story has it that back in the World War II, Thailand was having a serious rice shortage. Everything was expensive, but instead of applying rations in our food supply system, our then Prime Minister Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram or Chomphon Por touted an idea of nationalism in a dish. The wartime creation of Pad Thai was a recipe for survival back the day. We borrowed the rice noodle from the Chinese kitchen and stir-fried it with Thai local flavours.

 

Full story: https://www.thaipbsworld.com/the-origins-of-pad-thai/

 

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They usually wack too much sugar in it,  Chinese, as Thai as Muay Thai!

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I love pad Thai topped with scrambled egg and a generous dusting of finely ground peanuts.  And NO sugar please!  Saap saap!  😍

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Mitigating a serious rice shortage by concocting a stir-fried dish that uses a copious amount of rice noodles is a very Thai solution to solve a problem, it seems.

 

5 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram or Chomphon Por touted an idea of nationalism in a dish.

And how is a dish that's so quintessentially Chinese able to promote (Thai) nationalism? Someone enlighten me, please?

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When you know what crap they put in this dish, you do not eat it anymore...

 

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26 minutes ago, myshem said:

When you know what crap they put in this dish, you do not eat it anymore...

 

Especially the high amounts of sugar which others have mentioned. In fact, too many Thai dishes are ruined by too much sugar. 

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