For many busy college students eating out is convenient, and for those who cannot cook very well, it always tastes better than cooking yourself; however, dining out can be very expensive for those living on a budget.
Pad Thai is a dish that many people love to eat but don’t know how to make themselves. For those who are unfamiliar with this dish, it is a flavorful noodle-based dish, which is often combined with meat, tofu, or shrimp. Bangkok Thai, a local Thai restaurant near campus, serves this dish for $13. However, this delicious recipe is not only cheaper than $13, but it also contains the staple item of a college student’s diet: Top Ramen.
Luckily, sprucing up this top ramen is not only cost efficient but also includes some ingredients that are already in your kitchen. This recipe makes enough to serve four, is great for leftovers and both easy and quick to make.
3 packages (3 Oz. Size) Top Ramen, Any Flavor
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1-½ Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1-½ Tablespoon Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Chili Garlic Sauce
3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 cup Green Onion Pieces
Chicken, Pork, Tofu, Or Other Veggies (Amount to your liking)
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 cup Fresh Bean Sprouts
¼ cups Chopped Peanuts
3 Tablespoons Thinly Sliced Fresh Thai Basil
- Cook noodles in boiling water or for fast preparation just put in microwave according to package directions. After the noodles are cooked, drain in a colander.
- In a small bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, and garlic sauce. Mix these ingredients together until all are dissolved.
- In a pan over medium heat add oil, onions, meat or vegetables, and garlic. Cook these ingredients until meat is almost done and is still a little pink/tender.
- Add the noodles and sauce mix into the pan. Cook the meat until it is fully cooked.
- For presentation and extra flavor top the noodles with bean sprouts, peanuts, and basil.
By Susan Portman