But I really miss Thai food. It is so good - spicy and savory and the tastes combine perfectly with the textures of the ingredients. Although I can't eat the really spicy dishes anymore, like papaya salad, I can still have the savory ones. Several weeks ago I decided it was time to try making my favorite at home: pad see ew.
Of course it turned out that pad see ew is one of those dishes that you really can't recreate exactly at home. You need a well-seasoned wok with an industrial strength stove to get restaurant-style pad see ew. Most of the Thai cooking blogs I looked at said that you can do a pretty good approximation at home if you're patient. I was pretty nervous about trying to make pad see ew after reading all of this, and I figured that I'd give it a try and it would be terrible and that would be that.
Unexpectedly, pad see ew is really easy to make at home. The blogs are right - the taste isn't exactly the same without the high heat but it's definitely edible and tastes similar to a restaurant's version.
|Restaurant-style pad see ew: my version got pretty close.|