One of Thailand’s most popular dishes, pad thai is found pretty much everywhere across the country. From humble street-side joints to five-starred international hotels, one can find all sorts of versions of the nation’s beloved noodle dish.

While rice is the main staple of the Thai people, rice noodles is as popular amongst the population. Like all great food stories, the popularity of pad thai has its roots in times of scarcity. During the World War II when food shortages were dire in South-East Asia countries, the people of Thailand turned to rice noodles as a substitute. Since the introduction of the iconic noodle dish by the then Prime Minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the national identity had been firmly entrenched in the humble noodle dish.

The origins of the dish remain a much contested topic, yet the dish’s Chinese influence is undeniable, alluded by its full name kway teow phat Thai (Chinese rice noodles cooked Thai-style). Indeed, flat rice noodles are also used widely in Chinese cuisine, and the stir-fry cooking method is a typical Chinese culinary technique. However the dish came to be, what is certain is that pad thai today is the signature dish of Thailand. In fact, a Thai restaurant’s quality is often judged on its execution on the staple Thai dish.

Pad thai is a straightforward stir-fried noodle dish made with eggs, tofu, shrimps, garlic, shallots, chilli, tamarind juice, soy sauce and fish sauce. Typically, the noodle dish is accompanied with dried chilli flakes, ground peanuts and lime for diners to season to their liking.

Have a taste of pad thai when you’re in Thailand, and you’ll find out why it’s called the Land of Smiles.

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Thipsamai

313 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand

T: (+66) 2226 6666

White Flower Factory

4th Fl, Siam One Square, Khet Pathum Wan

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand

T: (+66) 2252 2646 7

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