I remember the first time I had Thai food. It was a date, with a man I don’t remember. But it was a Chang Thai restaurant in Hawaii and my first meal was chicken satay and…you guessed it…PAD THAI. You know, the lovely beginner dish that most seasoned Thai food eaters won’t go near anymore?
ANYWAY, I now cannot tolerate flavorless food. I’m massively obsessed with citrus and spice. AND coconut. So when I find this recipe on Pinterest, I make it immediately and nearly die from happiness. Seriously. Now, I pulled the recipe from here, but made my own changes. I also just got lemongrass infused chicken stock, to see if that helps, because I legit cannot find lemongrass paste. ANYWHERE. So I finely chop up actual lemongrass, but it makes the broth chunky, which annoys me to no end.
Anyway, this dish is fairly simple, cheap and delicious. You do NOT have to use ramen though. I’ve used both ramen and traditional thai noodles. One just cooks faster than the other!
Ingredients (please remember I eyeball the shit out of things)
Some oil (I use olive oil, no shame)
Lots of cilantro
Lots of lime juice, but half a lime if you’re conservative about citrus
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 whole rotisserie chicken
2 packages of ramen noodles
1 stem of lemongrass chopped up super small
Red curry paste, as much as you want
1 piece of ginger, peeled (I get pre-chopped ginger and do not remove)
2 cups of chicken broth
1 can of coconut milk
Bonus: Tamarind to taste
Chop up that chicken. Put your fingers into that meat and take it apart. Taste test it a few dozen times, because I KNOW you’re already hungry! In a pan, heat up the oil. When it’s hot, put in the curry paste and move it around. Create a nice sludge from it. It shouldn’t look dry!
When the curry is heated up, around three minutes of stirring, then add in the broth, the coconut milk, lemongrass, and ginger. Also, throw in them noodles, girl! Bring it to a simmer.
When the ramen is cooked, put in fish sauce, lemon juice, tamarind (taste test this. It will thicken the sauce). Add in that delicious cilantro! EAT THE SHIT OUT OF IT. mmmmmmmmmm