If you’re looking for the best Pad Thai in Hawaii, stop by Bangkok Chef. The popular local restaurant only uses fresh ingredients and offers affordable prices on their menu of Thai food. But what exactly is Pad Thai? Here, the team explains what you need to know about this popular dish.
Thai Food 101: All About Pad Thai
One of Thailand’s national dishes, Pad Thai is a stir-friend rice noodle meal commonly offered by street vendors and casual restaurants. Created by soaking dried rice noodles and stir frying them with eggs and tofu, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, tamarind pulp, palm sugar, and red chili peppers, this Thai food dish can also contain vegetables, such as bean sprouts, turnips, and garlic chives, or proteins, such as shrimp, squid, chicken, or crab. It is typically served with lime wedges and roasted peanuts.
The dish is believed to have been introduced to Thailand by either Vietnamese or Chinese traders, but it was altered over time to incorporate elements of Thai food. Pad Thai became very popular in Thailand between 1939 and 1945, during World War II. While its flavor profiles have evolved throughout the years, some street vendors in Thailand still serve the original recipe.
At Bangkok Chef, diners can expect to receive a Pad Thai dish that consists of rice noodles stir fried with eggs, chicken, bean sprouts, and chives, flavored in their original Pad Thai sauce. Fish, shrimp, and beef can be substituted for chicken for a small fee.
For more than 15 years, Bangkok Chef has been recognized as one of Oahu’s best Thai food restaurants through awards and reviews. With five locations across the island, they specialize in introducing newcomers to Thai dishes, such as Pad Thai.
Place your to-go order for Thai food from Bangkok Chef today. Call (808) 585-8839 in Nuuanu, (808) 988-0212 in Manoa, (808) 536-8570 in Iwilei, (808) 744-6387 in Ewa Beach, or (808) 941-2888 in Moiliili. Visit their website to view or download the menus.