Phad Thai is probably the most popular Thai dish and can be found on nearly every menu in any Thai restaurant.
This delicious combination of fried rice noodles, tamarind sauce, eggs, peanuts and some type of meat is a must try on your visit to Thailand. In Kantiang Bay you have the option to eat phad thai at any of the local restaurants or resorts. While the ingredients and preparation are all the same, each phad thai is not – some are decidedly yummier than others.
Its not a surprise that the best phad Thai you’ll come across in Kantiang Bay is at the famous phad thai Rock ‘n’ Roll. Going onto their second season in Kantiang Bay, Jeab is frying up some of the best phad thai around. He follows the classic recipe of thin rice noodles with tamarind sauce, fried egg, spring onion, chicken or prawns and topped with peanuts, lime and fresh bean sprouts and fries it perfectly – not too saucy and not too sweet. You can top it yourself later with extra sugar if you like it sweet or some chilies if you like it spicy or an extra squeeze of lime if you like it sour.
Jeab only has a few items on his menu, in addition to phad thai you can also have fried rice, fried egg noodles or chicken curry, giving him lots of time to perfect each dish – so its no wonder his phad thai is so yummy and why he’s been consistently in the top five restaurants on Ko Lanta for Trip Advisor.
Phad Thai: A History
Phad Thai literally means, fried in Thai style. This popular noodle dish is thought to have Chinese origins and was introduced by traders to the ancient Thai capital, Ayuthaya. Over the years, the dish is believed to have changed to incorporate Thai flavors. Phad Thai became very popular around the time of World War II. The Thai government used the dish as a way to promote nationalism. The government encouraged people to make rice noodles and to sell them from street carts. This was also a way to save actual rice for export – which has always been an integral part of the national economy.