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.


10 minutes

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

These came inside the packet…


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

The 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.

Author: suituapui

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6 thoughts on “Can’t compare…”

  1. From the photos, the pad thai looks tasty especially with the prawns that you have added. I guess the noodles are not those springy type. I wonder how much this pack costs and whether we can buy it from supermarkets here.

    No, not at all, more like the thick bihun, flattened…and coarse. They probably got it from the airport in Bangkok, haven’t seen it around here.

  2. Anything freshly cooked will definitely taste better than anything instant, that is for sure. That much I can say. Is the noodles texture the same as spagheti?

    No, very coarse, not smooth like kway teow.

  3. Now everything comes in pack. So convenient but yet, I prefer people to cook and serve me. Better go to the places that know how to cook them well.

    I had pad thai last weekend in my blog post. I still think the one I had in Thailand tasted nicer. Oh well, one’s specialty, got to be found in their country of origin. But what we have over here so far is alright. Not bad or almost there.

    Sometimes, one would still need to know where to go. My Terengganu friends said they tried Sarawak laksa in Kuching and they did not like it. I took them to Thomson Corner for my favourite and they enjoyed it so much. Then I found out where they had the laksa in Kuching – at their hotel. No wonder!!!

  4. I’ve had a lot of those moments – trying to replicate recipes at home 😉

    …and sometimes, ours may be even nicer. On the other hand, there may be some disasters too. I would just quietly throw those away. LOL!!!

  5. How interesting this Pad Thai set. It looks convenient but if it falls short compared to the fresh one, then I think I would give it a miss. Nevertheless, what you did with it looks fantastic.

    If only the texture of the noodles had been to our liking, we would have enjoyed it a lot more…but it was a put-off really.

  6. i don’t think i’ve had instant pad thai before, unless there are some thai restaurants that try to cut down their preparation time by serving us instant pad thai without our knowledge … eeks!

    I am sure you can tell right away. Having said that, when I was in the UK in the 90’s, I went for the cheap set lunches at the Indian restaurants, 2 pounds only…but I was quite positive the curry tasted like it came from a can. Well, that was all I could afford and it wasn’t too bad.

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