Simple Pad Thai

We made this dinner really quick the other night. The hardest part of the meal was mincing the garlic and chopping the onions. Other than that it came together really fast. We were out of rice noodles so I used a thin spaghetti to make it which was fine but it would have been even better with rice noodles. Remember if you don’t have an ingredient to a recipe figure out a work around! You want to have the same amount of liquid or spices but maybe you switch them out by adding a bit more of something else in place of an ingredient you don’t have or don’t like. The more you play with ingredients the more you will like making dishes with your own twists!


This was a hit. I was very skeptical of the dish not having tamarind paste but I really didn’t miss it. I HIGHLY suggest, as always, tasting the dishes and adjusting the spices to your liking. We like things a bit tangy and maybe you like them a bit sweeter. It is up to you to adjust to your tastes. I give you the ideas you make them yours!

Simple Pad Thai


"A quick dish for dinner."


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 onion , sliced thinly
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 eggs , lightly whisked
  • tops of green onions, thinly sliced, for topping as desired
  • finely chopped peanuts, for topping, as desired
  • bean sprouts, for serving, if desired
  • lime wedges, for serving, if desired
  • 1 lb. thin or flat spaghetti or box of rice noodles, prepared as directed


  1. Mix brown sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar in bowl.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large non stick pan (or well seasoned skillet) over high heat. Add garlic and onion, cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Push to one side of the pan, pour egg in on the other side. Scramble using the wooden spoon (add touch of extra oil if pan is too dry), then mix into garlic and onion.
  4. Add sauce and noodles.
  5. Toss gently for about 1 1/2 minutes until Sauce is absorbed by the noodles and warmed through.
  6. Add the peanuts. Toss through quickly then remove from heat.
  7. Serve immediately, sprinkled with extra peanuts and lime wedges on the side, with a sprinkle of extra beansprouts on the side if desired . Squeeze over lime juice to taste before eating.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. I need to try this out!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you like it!


  2. There is so much wrong with this recipe I don’t even know where to start. You made Spaghetti’s not Pad Thai,

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Eli Pacheco says:

    This looks divine. I love pad thai but have yet to attempt it at home. I have left it to the professionals so far!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:



  4. Erika Kind says:

    Another creative and quick meal idea. Great, Marci!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, sweet Erika!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Erika Kind says:

        I thank you for your inspiration, Marci!


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