22 Feb 2012

raw 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 a lot like authentic Pad Thai sauce, just healthier and vegan. I had my mom to guide me; she and my dad lived in Thailand for years before they had kids. That's probably a reason I love Thai food so much. It may be my favourite kind of cuisine.

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. Not a lot of meat in Thai food.

That's why they live so long =)

(Plus the daily manual labour, low calorie intake and unprocessed diet of local plants. They have no choice! The healthiest people in developing countries tend to be the middle class and lower-middle class; they can't afford meat, or the ability to sit around all day like us. 

It makes sense. For our ancestors (and still in most developing nations), calories were/are scarce so the fittest got the most. We simply apply that to modern day - the wealthiest get the fanciest (most calorie-dense) food. The only difference now is, in developed countries, calories are the OPPOSITE of scarce. They're in excess. Yet we still hold the ideal that more calories are better. Unfortunately, our brains agree, since they haven't had time to adapt to environmental changes.

Isn't it funny? Once you are rich (i.e. developed regions), you can afford unhealthy processed, animal-based foods, and you can afford to be lazy. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, celiac disease and even diabetes are seen virtually only in Western society. They are diseases of the wealthy. For more info on all this - read The China Study.

I'd rather use our fortune and wealth to my body's advantage. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to be the HEALTHIEST generation of all time. We have every nutritionally excellent food (i.e. raw plants and super foods) at our finger tips, and at very affordable prices. 

I love grocery shopping.  I go to the produce section and pick out my greens and fruit. Kale? A couple dollars a bunch; even cheaper for spinach and lettuce. Fruit? Depending on what it is, about a few dollars a pound. Vegetables? Even cheaper. 

The cheapest foods in the market are the ones that will give you a long, healthy life. 

Then you go past the meat and dairy section, and packaged food; they are all substantially more expensive. Why do we pay MORE for foods that will plague us with pain, discomfort, disease and eventually premature death?

The answer is complicated and simple at the same time. Basically: politics and tradition. I suggest you research this for yourself. It's fascinating, albeit mind-boggling.

My point in all this writing is this - we have been given the special chance to be the healthiest we can possibly be - for cheap. Being healthy costs far less than being sick, and it's way yummier. 

So let's eat to long life, not early death.

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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