HEKKTA Cooks – Pad Thai

Behold…one of the best darn tasting dishes to grace this earth. Pad Thai. On HEKKTA cooks we break down why it is one of our absolute favourites and we also show you what goes into the dish; if you haven’t already tried one, we suggest you get out your frying pan…

Last April HEKKTA was lucky enough to spend a month in Thailand where we fell in love with Thai cuisine. Pretty much love everything from incredible Thai curries (Green, Panang) to spring rolls, but the dish that tops the list is Pad Thai. Rather than just eating the food, we decided to go to a cooking class in the northern city of Chiang Mai and here we learned how to make the plate of food we wish to share with you.

HEKKTA getting ready for the kitchen in Chaing Mai - HEKKTA Cooks - Pad Thai

HEKKTA getting ready for the kitchen in Chiang Mai – Pad Thai

So what do you need for starters. Well, this is where it gets a little tricky. Thai cuisine uses lots of ingredients that your classic Sainbury’s or Tesco tends not to store. However you can often find good equivalents online or if you’re lucky enough you’ll live near an Asian supermarket (like us yay!) where you can get everything you need!

Street food in Bangkok

Street food in Bangkok – this is where the you often find the best Pad Thai for as little as 50p!


– 100g rice noodles (soaked)      – 50g chopped chicken breast (or prawn)     – 50g tofu into cubes            – 1 egg                                     – 1/4 cup of water                         – 1/2 sliced shallots                                            – 2 garlic chives                     – 50g bean sprouts             – 20g carrot (shredded)              – 2 tbsp of cooking oil                                        – 1 tbsp of dried shrimp


– 1/2 tbsp palm sugar                  – 1/2 tbsp fish sauce                                           – 1/2 tbsp soy sauce                                                              – 1 tbsp oyster sauce                    – 1 tbsp tamarind sauce                                     – 1/2 chilli powder


STEP 1 – Combine all seasoning ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.

STEP 2 – Heat the cooking oil with medium heat with a wok (preferably) and add sliced shallots and dried shrimp and fry until fragrant. Then add in your meat of choice and tofu until the meat is cooked.

STEP 3 – Crack the egg in and scramble it and then push everything to one side of the wok.

STEP 4 – Add rice noodle in together with the seasoning sauce. Add the 1/4 cup of water and cook the seasoning sauce with the noodles until the noodles become tender and mix everything well together.

STEP 5 – Finally add in the bean sprouts, chives and carrot and stir for a few seconds and then remove from the heat and serve up!

Don’t forget to load it with lime and roasted peanut dust!! (best part)

Give it a go to enjoy an authentic recipe from Thailand!