22 Feb 2012

raw noodle dish inspired by pad thai - oh yes

*Strictly speaking, the sauce isn't totally raw. But c'mon. What're ya gonna do. If you really want a 100% raw sauce, make a blend of tahini (or other nut butter), chili, tamari, garlic and ginger.

The pasta of course, is just zucchini, sliced on le mandoline. Good news! Soon I will be purchasing one of these puppies from Organic Lives. Yippie! However, if you can only afford a mandoline - no worries! As you can see, they work just as well.

The sauce is inspired by authentic Pad Thai sauce, but not the same. Thankfully I had my mom to guide me; she and my dad lived in Thailand for years before they had kids. Learn more about the origins and traditional ingredients of pad Thai here!

Real Pad Thai is made with rice noodles, a tamarind-, chili- and fish sauce-based sauce, and topped with cilantro, chili paste, peanuts, bean sprouts and perhaps other veggies. 

Let's eat RAW PAD THAI! (and Dilly Bars for dessert, anyone?) Nom. 

Radical Raw Pad Thai: serves 2, more or less

1 Tb tamarind paste
1 Tb chopped ginger
1-2 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 Tb agave (or 1-2 dates)
6 Tb tamari
2 Tb chili sauce
3 Tb tomato puree
1 t chili flakes
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 t coriander
1/2 t paprika
Pinch of cayenne and chili, if you want it hotter =) 
Raw oil, if desired
Water, as needed 

1 large zucchini 

Raw jungle peanuts!
Bean sprouts
Hot sauce
Marinated mushrooms and broccoli (put some tamari on and warm for an hour in the dehydrator) 

To makes the sauce, put all ingredients in blender and add enough water to just cover them. Blend until smooth, see if you want more heat, or anything else.
To make the pasta, slice the zuc on a mandoline or spiral slicer. Add enough sauce to evenly coat the noodles. Garnish. Eat! The heat of the chili makes this dish perfectly warming on its own - no heating necessary.

In other news: while I enjoyed my Pad Thai, the fam had a sandwich night. We used the best bread in the world, baked yesterday with love at The Common Loaf Bakery in Tofino. My mom also baked some eggplant (which I could not resist, and added to my pasta), tofu, and laid out a bunch of different toppings.

You know it was a successful dinner when my little brother, Daniel, was fighting for the last tomato, sprouts and lettuce!


jessi@slotheatz said...

YES! this is awesome =)

Em von Euw said...

Haha thanks, Jessi ;)

Sophie said...

What a great idea! We can all use more fresh food! Thanks! Thai food is one of my favorite too. Vietnamese is a close second for all the fresh herbs and food they always have.

Em von Euw said...

Thank YOU, Sophie =) Mmm yes, LOVE Vietnamese... veggie pho! <3

Unknown said...

This dish is temendously good.. Emily you are a delightful and inspirational young woman. Thank you for making raw food so accessible & of course delicious! Now for some of your raw chocolate treats I think ;)

Em von Euw said...

thanks SO much, amber! what a lovely comment. hope you have a great day and enjoy that chocolate ;)

Anonymous said...

Just made a spin off of your raw pad Thai recipe ( I was lacking a couple of ingredients) that sauce turned out GREAT- I have really been missing chili sauce lately since going raw and decided to go ahead and use some- I didn't have the tamarind and ended up squeezing a little fresh orange juice on it in addition to the lime. I used zuccini, squash and some cauliflower I ran thru the old food processor. I don't have sprouts or cilantro so I will prolly just top it with the mushrooms and some carrots. You have a lot of "raw talent" - your blog is my favorite!

Em von Euw said...

wow just checked out your blog and LOVE IT! honoured that i'm one of your faves ;)

that sounds DIVINE... makin me crave some more pad thai =)

Lindsey MM said...

Just made this for dinner last night - very very good!!!

Em von Euw said...

thanks so much, lindsey xox

Anonymous said...

Emily, very well said and great recipe. I am an Asian living in the United States. Since I move to U.S., I really rather living in a less developed country, and I would rather be "just-enough" than very rich! Not sure if industralization is a good idea. I think I want to go back to my country. Anyway, continue to rock!

Jess said...

Hey Emily! I've just started getting interested in more of the raw vegan lifestyle and your blog looks like it's going to offer some great inspiration! I am so excited! I made this recipe tonight and wow, it was amazing! It was gone in a heartbeat! I can't wait to try out more of your recipes :D Thanks for everything you share!

Em von Euw said...

Thank you, Jess! Great to hear that, and welcome :D xx

Unknown said...

I just made this for lunch and it was delicious (coming from a non-vegan here)!

I made the sauce in a jar and grated the ginger and garlic in because I'm lazy and don't like doing dishes so it was incredibly easy and managed to have it prepared in less than 10 minutes.

Now I have some left over for lunch tomorrow.. and maybe even dinner tonight, planning what else I can put it on!



Anonymous said...

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