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What is Pad Thai and how do you make it? Google Doodle celebrates iconic dish

PAD Thai is  a stir-fried rice noodle dish that is a signature street food of Thailand.

The recipe is simple and easy to make and has been celebrated by an interactive Google Doodle – here’s all you need know…

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What is Pad Thai?

Pad Thai is a noodle dish stir fried with vegetables and proteins.

Many of the ingredients are served on the side to spice up the plate such as red chillies and roasted peanuts.

The dish was developed during World War II,  when Thailand was faced with a shortage of their staple food, rice, due to floods and the war.

The government promoted the use of noodles as a substitute and rice noodles were cheap, filling and readily available.

Pad Thai quickly became one of Thailand’s national dishes and provides a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

What is the recipe for Pad Thai?

Pad Thai is incredibly simple to make and can be adapted to your own tastes by adding different vegetables or proteins and making it sweeter or spicier.

Here’s a recipe to serve 4 courtesy of BBC Good Food ;

  • Soak 250g of rice noodles in boiling water for 5-10 minutes until soft and drain well
  • Mix together 2tsp of tamarind paste, 3 tbsp of fish sauce and 2 tsp of sugar in a small bowl
  • Peel and finely chop a garlic clove and trim the ends off 3 spring onions and cut into thin slices about 1 cm long.
  • Heat a wok or large or a large frying pan and pour in 2 tbsp of vegetable oil when it’s really hot
  • Add the garlic and spring onions and stir-fry, keeping the veg moving for about 30 seconds, just until they begin to soften
  • Push the vegetables to the side of the wok and crack the an egg into the centre.  Keep stirring for 30 secs until it begins to set and resembles a broken-up omelette
  • Add 200g of large cooked prawns and the 75g of beansprouts, followed by the noodles.
  • Pour over the fish sauce mixture and heat it all through.
  • Serve onto plates with lime wedges and sprinkle with a handful of chopped salted peanuts

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Why is today’s Google Doodle celebrating Pad Thai?

The Doodle was inspired by Google Doodler Juliana’s own research into cooking Pad Thai.

She wanted to be able to show all the delicious ingredients that can be used and created some small pea-sized characters to be our culinary guides.

Her lovely Google Doodle celebrates the process of cooking this unique Thai dish and eating it with friends — warm, colorful, messy and sociable.

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second ‘o’ of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the ‘o’s for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Halloween 2017 Google Doodle video follows Jinx the lonely ghost on the hunt for a costume

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