I LOVE pad thai. Perfect combination of spices and that delicious peanut flavor. My favorite place to eat it is at Sweet Mango (locations in Strongsville and Berea), but of course I was interested in making it myself. I looked here and there for recipes, but most involved ingredients that were just a little too exotic for my lazy self to go hunting for (especially for just one recipe). Finally, I came across a recipe with all basic/common ingredients that had great ratings. Looked good to me, although it didn't contain shrimp with the chicken, but that's easily remedied.
I went and got almost all of the ingredients. Sadly, my little grocery store by me didn't have rice noodles, and I was quite unhappy about this. I decided to get fine (very narrow) egg noodles and hope for the best. This led to some modification on cooking times because these noodles cooked very fast, and definitely NOT a photogenic meal. BUT! Nick and I both had seconds and I can't wait to eat the leftovers.
If I ever get to a bigger grocery store (Giant Eagle, *sigh* you corporate giants) and get the right noodles, I'll remake this recipe and post the results.
No matter how you might think this looks in the picture, I promise, it's DELICIOUS. It's just got the wrong noodles. It's not restaurant-exact, but that subtle peanut flavor is there, with a little heat, and the texture and heartiness is spot on.
NOTE: ADD PEANUTS! DO NOT FORGET THIS! Crush up some peanuts, and/or leave them whole, and put them on as a topping. I think this is a very important addition to the texture and flavor, and I'm surprised the original recipe doesn't call for this. ....another allrecipes.com find. Maybe I should dust off my cookbooks and give them some love for once.