pad thai party

June 13, 2012

Traditionally pad thai is prepared one plate at a time and tastes the best with the freshest ingredients. Since prep time takes so long, Amy and I (along with her boyfriend, Joshua) thought it'd be fun to prep ingredients for a small group and host a little party where everyone could help prep and also cook their own bowl of noodles.


We used Chez Pim's novella of a recipe and took her advice on using fresh tamarinds instead of store-bought sauce. It makes all the difference but feels really gross to squish into the right consistency.

finished tamarind joshua + blow torch coconut shrimp + caramelized plantains

While we prepped the main ingredients, Joshua made coconut-covered shrimp with sugar-scorched plantains as an appetizer. Everyone who came also brought yummy things like brownies, Greek olives, and the most beautiful berries I've ever seen.

limes bean sprouts tofu tofu cuties

Most of these pictures are of the prep work-- not the actual cooking and the assembly line of ingredients we formed. Nonetheless it was a really great way to spend a Sunday: in the kitchen with really wonderful company.



  1. pad thai is seriously one of my favorite foods EVER. your pictures are making me so hungry! definitely going to have to do a pad thai party of my own. :)

  2. Yum! My first husband was Thai and after his mom cooked pad thai it didn't look as pretty as that!

  3. This looks like so much fun! What a great idea for a party... I may just have to copy you :)


  4. The coconut shrimp looks unbelievably good! Pad Thai is one of those foods that I need to finally attempt... your's turned out beautifully.

  5. Aw what fun! And it looks so delicious!

  6. Great party idea! And now I want pad Thai really bad. Good thing I'm getting Thai food at lunch with friends :)

  7. wow! this is a very good idea.