Pad Thai, A Video & A Book Give Away

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One of the first blogs I ever came upon was Chez Pim and the post that popped up was all about Pad Thai.  Who was this Pim?  How did she make such a beautiful Pad Thai?  I made a mental note to make this recipe one day, as it was one of Lenny’s favorite dishes and then I continued reading about the girl Pim.  I loved her culinary adventures that were delicious in one breathe and wrapped around somewhere exotic in the next – a girl after my own heart.  You see we are a bit a like, I love to eat, cook, drink and travel.  One just has to utter the words, TRIP, TRAVEL,and SUITCASE with a sprinkle of good food promised and I am there – does not even have to include a passport but that just makes it even more exciting.

We had the chance to finally meet Pim at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine event last year.  She was adorable, taking us under her wing and showing us around the event;  she was exactly as we thought she would be in person ….. sweet!  Over the course of  a couple glasses of bubbly, we got to know more about her as well as the “book” she was working on;  we even got a sneak peak.  It was lovely – full of Pim charm and enticing foodie wisdom.  We could not wait to get our hands on a couple copies!  Her book came out in the summer but we did not get a chance to get a copy until she was up in the city speaking at Omnivore Books.  Not only were we able to attend the event but she agreed to let us capture it so that we could share her foodie adventures with you – I will not tell you about it, you must watch it!

I have loved reading the book, it is warm, personal and full of interesting tid-bits about her life as a “foodie”.  As well she includes many fantastic recipes.   What I like about her advise is that she is not preaching to you about how to become a foodie, rather she is sharing her experiences through her sweet opinionated self and you can take it or leave it.  She will take you on a adventure with every chapter that will leave you salivating for more!

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Now back to Pad Thai …. as I mentioned it is one of Lenny’s favorite dishes.  I on the other hand have always been one to take it or leave it.  I just have never found a place in the city that makes it like they do in Thailand.  When I first came across her post, I had a very good feeling it would be good!  So, I invited a couple friends (who have been to Thailand and also love Pad Thai) over and then I grabbed “The Foodie Handbook” turned to page 66 and headed to Clement Street to get ready for our Pad Thai party.  Her recipe is simple.  The hardest part was finding the translator in the markets – *smile*.  It is such a great dish to make with friends … pour a few glasses or Reisling and let the fun begin.  We all agreed it was the best Pad Thai we have eaten outside of Thailand;  slightly salty, a little sour and sweet all tossed together with a “bite”  of heat to warm it up.  Add noodles, seafood and crunchy bean sprouts and chinese chives to balance it all out!    In all honesty this was the first time I actually wanted more Pad Thai …. the next day!

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You are hungry?  You want the recipe?  Pim has been so kind to donate a copy to Chez Us so we can share it with one of our readers.  Just leave a comment below telling us one of Pim’s favorite childhood memories (in the video) and tell us about your favorite Pad Thai experience, for a chance to win her book.  We will be announcing a winner on March 5, 2010, so please leave a comment by midnight on March 3.  Can’t wait for the drawing then you can purchase her book here.

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And the winner is …………. drum roll please …………….. Kristina at Former Chef!

Congrats Kristina!!!  I, too, loved this story about driving to Hua Hin – so me!

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  1. I love Pad Thai and apart from a few local community festivals I do not think I have tasted a Pad thai I haven’t loved. It is my all time favorite Asian dish!

  2. love pad thai – and realized i haven’t made it in a while! looks like I will have to – this version looks great!

  3. Oh she is absolutely lovely. What an awesome experience and thank you for sharing it so beautifully Denise. Love adventurous cookbooks with a ‘connect’ as it were. Love Pad Thai, and love the way her book came about. Her memories of starting out at a foodie blogger & how she evolved. She’s beautiful!!
    I love the pictures you’ve posted and love the last picture!

  4. Pim is really adorable! :)

    I loved when she was talking about driving with her best friend and her best friend’s family and making them stop every 15 minutes to eat at the roadside stands. So funny!

    I had a fantastic Pad Thai in Philadelphia at this little whole in the wall…I don’t remember what it was called, but it was amazing.

  5. Kristin says:

    Hey guys! I have been lurking lately, but not commenting. Now that you’ve made Pim’s Pad Thai and are giving away her book I have to comment! Pim is so adorable!

    So one of her childhood memories is one moment when she realized not everyone is as crazy about food as she is after she demanded that her friend’s parents stop to get food at all of the street vendors on the way home from school.

    My favorite Pad Thai experience was actually making Pim’s Pad thai. It was the first time I made it correctly and I had a “pad thai party”, as she suggests in her recipe instructions, to celebrate father’s day. The pad thai was so good!

  6. Good thing my brother doesn’t read food blogs, because I don’t want him to know that his pad thai is the only pad thai outside of Thailand that I actually enjoy. (HA HA!) He’s the pad thai cook in the family and it’s something I will not overrule, although I’m looking forward to cook Pim’s just for myself. :) I have her book, but I would love to give the copy to my brother, who loves to cook Asian food!

  7. I love Pad thai as when we go out for Thai food that is the only thing I order…I have never made it at home but should :)

  8. My favorite Pad Thai experience was from the first time I ever ate this addictive dish. My dad used to work in the Canadian foreign service and one of his colleagues was posted to Thailand for several years. When they came home from Thailand, they invited us to dinner to share the dishes they had learned to make while living abroad. I immediately fell in love with Pad Thai.

    I love the story about when she first realized that she loved food more than the average person, as she asked her parents to stop at the various food stands along the road. Her vivid memories of each dish reminds me of how I remember incidences in my life, almost always with a food anecdote.

  9. Emma Lopez says:

    Love your stuff

  10. OK, here goes: I don’t know if this is one of HER favorite childhood memories, but she did mention that her parents claim she loved to alternate between reading and eating. My favorite Pad Thai memory is the first time I had it at Thai Laundry (not it’s real name, so called because it’s a Thai restaurant / laundromat in one of Portland’s quirkier neighborhoods).

  11. I loved PIm’s story about the day-long drive from Bangkok to Hua Hin, especially when she insisted to her friend’s family that they just HAD to stop for those grilled cococnut cakes!! I’m so glad I”m not alone here, as I regularly go out of my way for tasty treats and will even plan meetings and trips around food!!! Something is clearly out of balance… = )

    And my favourite Pad Thai memory has got to be last year. Having made it a few times in my well-seasoned wok, I decided I was becoming something of an expert at flipping and stir-frying my pile of noodles and sauce and prawn. Perhaps I had had a bit too much wine before we got round to cooking the main for that evening, or maybe was just feeling slightly cocky in front of my date, whom I was desperately trying to impress… Needless to say, I got very excited – perhaps a bit too excited – towards the end of cooking the second plate, and was just getting ready to serve. I incidentally did a big flip of the entire contents of the wok and much of it came flying off and landed straight on flame. Trying to be quick to save dinner, I attempted to get my spatula underneath the pile but accidentally flipped a prawn and sent it flying. As luck would have it, it hit my date bang on the nose, giving him a minor burn in the process. I was horrified obviously, and was so embarassed! He was certainly not impressed, though I’m not sure why… I would have been delighted to have been hit in the face by a flying prawn. Especially a well-cooked one.

    Needless to say I have tamed down my wok flipping antics for the time being, as it clearly hasn’t done my love life any favours!!

  12. I really enjoyed watching Pim in this video. Pim shared her child memory of how her family would always make various stops along the road to pick up their street snacks and then again requested it when she was in her friend’s parents car. It made me realize, a lot of my favourite memories of people are usually around food.

    I love Pad Thai and it was one of the first dishes I attemped to make since I couldn’t stand the “ketchup” versions that were in the restaurants I went to. Only a couple got the sour taste that I craved just right. My favourite Pad Thai memory was attempting it in the kitchen with my boyfriend. It was one of the first dishes we made together.

  13. Allison says:

    I love Pim! She is the cutest ever. My fave story is the one of her making her friends stop at all the roadside stands – because I would have done that too!

    My favorite Pad Thai moment occurred in college – our study group’s favorite Thai restaurant in Pomona, Ca had the best pad thai along with other unusual yummies. Late-night study sessions fueled by pad thai, thai iced tea…so good!

  14. My favorite Pad Thai experience has to be any time I’ve been in Bangkok (one of my favorite cities), sitting on a tiny plastic stool on the sidewalk, eating freshly made Pad Thai served up by a street vendor for less than a dollar.

    I also liked the story of driving to Hua Hin. I’ve been known to do similar trips “all about the food.”


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