Vegan Pad Thai – a tasty and fairly quick recipe if you can manage to find vegan…

Vegan Pad Thai – a tasty and fairly quick recipe if you can manage to find vegan ‘fish’ sauce or make your own beforehand.

General Ingredients:
8 oz flat rice noodles
8 oz extra form tofu, excess liquid pressed out and tofu cut into 2 cm pieces
3 tablespoons oil (preferably peanut oil)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fresh bean or soy sprouts
3 green onions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced thinly
1/2 cup roasted peanuts, roughly crushed
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Sauce Ingredients:
3 tablespoons vegan ‘fish’ sauce
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
1 tablespoon tamari
3 tablespoons brown sugar (note: you can use anywhere between 3-5 tablespoons of brown sugar, depending on your own taste)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar

Instructions:
1. Cook the noodles using the instruction on their packaging (I let mine sit in a bowl of boiling water off heat for about 30 mins, stirring occasionally so they didn’t stick together)
2. Mix all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
3. In a pan over medium-high heat, fry tofu cubes on all sides in the oil for about 2 minutes until they are slightly golden. Add the garlic and red bell pepper slices to the pan, and fry for about 3-4 minutes more while you keep stirring.
4. Add noodles, sauce, sprouts, and 2/3 of peanuts to the pan. Mix well and turn off heat.
5. Top with chopped cilantro, green onions, and the remaining 1/3 of crushed peanuts.

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