Where To Get The Best Pad Thai Around
So, you want to try this popular dish from Thailand called Pad Thai…
Whether this is your first time exploring this dish, or you’re a Pad Thai veteran, you’re in the right place! You’re about to discover something you’ll love…
What is Pad Thai?
Pad Thai is an uber-popular Thai stir-fry noodle dish.
In presentation, it might look similar to something you’d find at a Chinese restaurant.
But in reality, it’s nothing like Chinese food at all.
Thai food tends to be more elevated than your typical Chinese fare.
So, with Pad Thai you should expect more subtle flavoring, with better overall balance.
The typical ingredients include signature noodles, egg, bean sprouts, onions, carrots, scallions, lime, & peanuts. Plus there’s always a protein.
One of the best things about Pad Thai is that is so versatile and goes great with chicken, beef, shrimp, or even tofu!
But hold on a minute…all that is true only if the Pad Thai is done the right way.
A lot of places out there just slap some ketchup on noodles and call it Pad Thai.
Look, we get why they do it.
It’s not that they don’t want to serve great food.
It’s either that they don’t know how to make Pad Thai the authentic way,
Or they don’t have the time.
For them, Pad Thai is often an ‘add on‘ dish–something they add on to fill out the menu or to accommodate common requests by their customers.
For us it’s different.
For us Pad Thai is a star player.
(Here’s an OG pic of our Pad Thai–back when we used to serve it in the bowls)
What should you expect Pad Thai to taste like?
When you try Pad Thai for the first time, you should expect a flavor that is tart and sweet with subtle elements.
I sometimes describe the flavor profile as “sweet and sour” but it is nothing like Chinese sweet and sour.
Pad Thai is going to have more depth to it. It’s also not going to have that sharp bite that an overly sweet dish has sometimes.
The lime and peanuts that are included give it more character (but either can be left off, so if you have a peanut allergy this won’t be a problem).
All the other veggies that are sauteed together with the noodles are cut very thin–this way they don’t overpower the dish, but instead they all work together to create an orchestra of flavor!
Now, let me tell you the one simple reason I decided to put Pad Thai on the menu.
The fact is, making Pad Thai is hard.
There are other dishes I could sell that are easier and involve less time and work.
But back when I owned my first restaurant (it was a Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant) I noticed that of all the Thai dishes I offered, Pad Thai was hands down the most popular one.
People just love Pad Thai.
And since my goal is to help introduce you to new and exotic dishes, I need items like the Pad Thai that are different–but still well within the range that the American palate will thoroughly enjoy!
In fact, we have guests from Charlotte, Lake Wylie, Belmont, Shelby, Kings Moutain, Cherryville, Bessemer City, Lincolnton, Stanley…and many more…that ALL tell us that we have the best Pad Thai in the Charlotte Area!
Often people move to the area from other states and are disapointed when they try Pad Thai in the Charlotte Area…until they discover us.
So, if you’ve had Pad Thai before and love it, or just want to try it to see what it’s like, consider stopping in and giving ours a try the next time you’re in the mood for a great Pad Thai!