Toy, the Thai chef managed the kitchen virtually single handedly. Of course she had no method in managing the fast orders coming through (for takeaways as well as diners). She did each ticket in turn, but everything she cooked was always incredible. I'd watch her hand rolling the vegetable spring rolls, preparing fresh satay sauces and stirring the Massaman curry whilst it stewed away. My love for Thai food really came from working here. She'd often send me off home with a garlic chilli squid stir fry or if I was lucky, my favourite: Pad Thai. I don't think I can ever hope to re-create Toy's amazing Pad Thai (and I'm certain I wouldn't want to ProPoint it!), but Pad Thai is still my dish of choice when I go to a Thai restaurant. I've tried for the last few years to cook a really tasty Pad Thai that is WeightWatcher friendly and delighted to have finally achieved it with this recipe!
Earlier this year I re-visited a newly refurbished Grotto as the new owner had managed to lure Toy back into the kitchen. The menu was just the same as it ever was and amazingly Toy remembered me from my stint there in 2002! I only worked there for a short time but she knew I went on to more glamourous things when we opened our cocktail bar down the road. I've sadly heard that The Grotto has once again re-closed. I do hope someone snaps it up and gets Toy back in the kitchen as Weybridge will not be the same without her delicious Thai food.
You'll need for 2:
- 1 tsp groundnut oil or vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove, crushed or grated
- 175g raw king prawns
- 1 medium egg, beaten
- 25g roasted, salted peanuts, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- Asian vegetables of your choice, sliced to your liking
- Couple of big handfuls of beansprouts
- 3-4 spring onions, sliced
- 1 tsp soft brown sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 lime, juiced
- 125g rice noodles, soaked in hot water then drained
- Fresh coriander leaves
What to do:
Firstly get the kettle boiling and put the rice noodles into a shallow dish. I use the Pad Thai thick style noodles which are available in Waitrose. Please do not buy the 'straight to wok' rice noodles as these are just horrible and will ruin what is a most fabulous supper! Pour the boiling water and leave to soak for 15 minutes while you prep the other ingredients.
Get everything chopped up and ready and have all the sauces and condiments to hand as the dish doesn't take long to stir fry. Beat the egg in a bowl with a dash of light soy sauce for seasoning.
When the noodles have finished soaking, drain until needed.
In a wok, heat the oil and when hot add the prawns and garlic. As soon as the prawns are pink all the way through remove with a slotted spoon, keeping as much of the juice in the wok as possible. Add the vegetables and stir fry on high heat for a minute or two. Quickly add the chilli flakes, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar and peanuts stirring frequently.
After a couple of minutes of stir frying, add the prawns back in and any juices along with the noodles. Add the beaten egg and stir everything for another minute or two until the noodles are nicely coated.
Serve up and sprinkle with fresh coriander.
WeightWatchers ProPoints Per Serving: 12