Thai Mince Pork Salad

I first tried this salad in Thailand, when I took a Thai cooking class. Admittedly, it’s not something I’d probably order if I saw it in the menu. However, from the first bite, I was hooked! I have the recipe in the booklet they gave us, but I was too lazy to look for fennel locally. Luckily, a Thai friend thought to cook some for dinner last weekend. And instead of using fennel, he used cilantro and mint, and added in some ground roasted rice for added texture. It was even better than the one we made in Bangkok!
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Simple Pad Thai Recipe

For my birthday this year, I decided to stay at home and cook for my family. Noodles are a staple for birthdays, since it signifies long life. Instead of the usual spaghetti or pancit, I decided to cook Pad Thai, another noodle favorite in the house.

When I went to Thailand two years ago, one of the things I made sure to do was to attend a Thai cooking class. So while in Bangkok, I signed up to join a half-day cooking class at the Thai Kitchen. We learned how to cook Thai Red Curry, Sticky Rice and Mango among other things, and of course, Pad Thai.

Pad Thai

The ingredients we used in the Thai Kitchen are of course ingredients that are easily available in Thailand. In Manila, however, you need to search for these items. Since I am lazy, I opted to use ingredients that is readily available to substitute for the ingredients in my Thai recipe book. Not as authentic as the Pad Thai I tried in Bangkok, but it’s a great and cheap substitute!

A note before I continue: I hardly measure my ingredients when I cook. The measurements in this recipe is an approximation of the ingredients I use, and is made to suit the taste buds of my family.

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