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Good sides for Pad Thai

mistatephoenix Jan 14, 2008 08:40 AM

Over the weekend, my family and I went to Noodles & Co. for dinner. We now have some leftover pad thai that I brought with me for lunch. I was wondering what would be a good side dish for it. Any suggestions?

  1. cee Jan 14, 2008 04:28 PM

    Pad Thai is a one-dish meal traditionally. Thais will eat it with a handful of raw bean sprouts and a few sprigs of garlic chives and sometimes a slice of raw banana flower. You mix the raw bean sprouts into the noodles (along with spicing the dish -- chili powder, lime juice, fish sauce to your taste). Then you nibble on the garlic chives and banana flower along with the dish.

    Here's a picture which shows the second dish with the sprouts & garlic chives:

    Tradition aside, I second the idea of a salad or some raw veggies. It's a greasy dish, and eating some raw cucumbers or Som Tum/papaya salad would make it less heavy.

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    1. re: cee
      mistatephoenix Jan 15, 2008 08:43 AM

      That looks really good! I'll have to try that one!

    2. im_nomad Jan 14, 2008 12:18 PM

      what about the papaya or mango salads....?

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      1. re: im_nomad
        mistatephoenix Jan 15, 2008 08:42 AM

        Mango salad? I've never had that before. What recipe(s) do you recommend?

      2. h
        houndgirl Jan 14, 2008 09:54 AM

        Slice cucumbers very thin and dress them with a little salt, a pinch or two of sugar and some rice wine vinegar, maybe a slice of hot fresh chili.

        1. r
          reannd Jan 14, 2008 09:23 AM

          pad thai is a stand-alone thing in my book.. unless you're doing family style in which case - tom yum!

          i imagine the noodles & co version is heavy on the noodles, so next time just pack in some extra broccoli or green beans.

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