Can’t compare…

The pad Thai at our favourite Thai restaurant here, dished out by the authentic Thai chef, Jos or his sidekick, Sue…

Flavours Thai Kitchen pad Thai
*Archive photo*

…never failed to please so you can imagine my excitement when I got this…

Pad Thai set from Mary

from Mary when she came back to Sibu from a trip to Thailand.

This…

10 minutes

…sure looked and sounded easy but of course, we should not believe everything we see or hear.

These came inside the packet…

Contents

– the noodles, the pad Thai paste, a sachet of chili powder and two sachets of fish sauce.

The instructions…

Instructions

…said that I must cook the noodles in hot boiling water for 4-5 minutes but in fact, it took me no less than 10 minutes before it was soft enough.

I got the ingredients…

Added ingredients

…ready – more of my leftover prawns, lightly-fried tau kua (firm bean curd) and taugeh (bean sprouts), spring onions and Thai basil leaves from my garden, two eggs and some kacang tumbuk (crushed peanut).

I followed the aforementioned cooking instructions and fried the prawns in a bit of oil and then I added the tau kua and the Thai basil leaves, followed by the noodles and the pad Thai paste and mixed everything well. I only added one sachet of the fish sauce as I felt it was salty enough…and after that, in went the eggs and finally, I added the taugeh and the spring onions. Once done, I dished everything out, garnished with the chili powder and the kacang tumbuk and served…

Cooked and served

I guess we can’t compare this to what is freshly cooked and served by Jos or Sue nor can we expect too much from anything instant, coming in a packet off the supermarket shelves so at best, I would say it was not too bad except that we did not like the texture of the noodles which was kind of coarse, not so soft and smooth so that took away quite a bit of the enjoyment of the dish…

Instant pad Thai

Suffice to say, I would not be all that keen to grab it should I see it on sale anywhere and compared to the Thai Yen Ta Fo the other day, I think I would prefer that to this…and should I feel like having pad Thai anytime any day, I would just hop over to see Jos or Sue and get one of them to cook for me to enjoy piping hot from the wok!

FLAVOURS THAI KITCHEN (2.292836, 111.828287) is located on the ground floor of the ORCHID HOTEL, along Brooke Drive at its junction with Jalan Tunku Osman. You can use its main entrance at the back of the hotel building (facing Brooke Drive) or go through the lobby past the reception desk if you are using its hotel entrance.