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How To Eat Phat Thai (Pad Thai)

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Path Thai is the national dish of ThailandIf you love Thai food then you must know how to eat Phat Thai (also spelt as Pad Thai, Path Thai, or Phad Thai) – it is Thailand’s national food after all! In fact, eating Pad Thai is such an epicurean adventure that each time I enter a Thai restaurant, Pad Thai is the first thing I order. Wondering what’s so special about this dish, then read on and find out for yourself…


Path Thai, is basically a stir fried dish (Path = fried), which blends a plethora of flavors, textures, and colors – eating Path Thai is like tasting several dishes at one time. It is prepared by stir frying rice noodles and combining it with tamarind juice, fish or soy sauce, and a range of accoutrements like eggs, fish, shrimp, chicken, bean sprouts, tofu, veggies, and more; each of which contribute to the divine flavors of the dish. 


Pad Thai is a popular Thai street food and when in Thailand, it is not difficult to find a joint that serves this dish. Like all street foods, several variations of Path Thai exist. In fact, once in Bangkok, I found this café that was kind of some Path Thai Bar and served more than 50 variations of the dish (by using different garnishing, sauces, and spices). 


Traditionally, Pad Thai is served with a plate of sliced banana blossoms, Som Tom (green papaya salad), or any other refreshingly sour dishes. Also, it is not uncommon to serve a spicy clear soup as an appetizer to Path Thai. But then, like all street food there are no set rules for eating Path Thai, you can eat it at any time of the day and with any accompaniment that you like. 

Want to try preparing Path Thai at home then do refer to these amazing recipes on

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How To Eat Phat Thai (Pad Thai)