Pad Thai is a dish stir fried with proteins and vegetables. Many of the ingredients are served to spice up the plate such as chillies and roasted peanuts. The dish was designed during World War II, when Thailand was confronted with a shortage of the staple food due to floods and the war. As a substitute and rice noodles filled easily available and cheap, the use of noodles encouraged. Pad Thai supplies a meal and became one of Thailand’s national dishes.
This is hot, hot, hot but you can leave out some of the chillis if you would like to. This is served with a egg on top and it’s a beautiful addition — it mollifies the warmth for a start, and the egg makes it puff up into a crispy edged cloud — but you can do eggs instead.