Khaw Pad Gai | Thai Stir-Fried Rice
Khaw pad gai is simple, and perfect if you have leftover rice from the night before and want to revitalize it. Feel free to use any kind of meat or seafood you prefer. Or to make it vegetarian, use tofu or have it as is. If you want to be truly authentic, serve it with naam pla prik--a mixture of fish sauce, and diced Thai chilis put in a small bowl for you to add more spice at your own pleasure.
Background: The first Thai dish I ordered by speaking Thai, all by myself! There was a street vendor near my apartment and lots of people were always sitting there, proving that this vendor was doing something right. The woman only charged me 20 baht even though I usually paid 30 for street food and gave me a huge smile like I was the cutest, clueless foreigner ever. I became a regular from that day on.
- Day old, dry rice (2 cups)
- Onion, diced (1/2 cup)
- Garlic, finely chopped (4 cloves)
- Green onions, chopped into 1/4 in. pieces (4 stalks)
- Roma or other tomatoes, diced (2)
- Boneless chicken breasts, thinly chipped (2 breasts)
- Fish sauce or Thai white soy sauce (3 teaspoons)
- Sugar (1 teaspoon)
- Eggs (2)
- White pepper powder (1/4 teaspoon)
- Lime, quartered (1)
- Cucumber (6 or so slices)
- Cilantro (a handful)
After chopping everything up, get out your wok and put some cooking oil in it.
Throw in the onion and garlic and saute until brown and you smell a delicious aroma.
Then add the chicken and stir until it's cooked through, but not too long that it gets tough.
Add the rice and tomatoes. Once you get to this step you can see why cooking it in a wok is so much easier because it's harder to make a mess--- like I always do.
Once it's all stirred up, make a crater in the center of the rice mixture. Crack your eggs in the hole and scramble them until done. Then mix the eggs in with the rice.
Add your soy sauces and sugar to taste.
Turn off the heat and mix in your green onion and dash some pepper powder in it as well.
Then make it pretty by adding a sprinkle of cilantro on top, and two or so lime wedges and cucumber slices on the side of each plate.
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