VEGAN PAD THAI ( + homemade stir fry sawce)

Pad Thai is a crowd favourite! This recipe allows you to veganize it and customize it to make it COMPLETELY gluten-free, soy-free or BOTH! This colourful, yummy specialty will not only have your tastebuds traveling- but it’s also surprisingly easy to put together.

What I also love about making your own pad thai is that you can add all the veggies you want- instead of getting a flimsy 1/10th of a carrot on your plate, hehehe…

PLUS I’m including a section of the recipe so you can make your own pad thai stir fry sauce– which is also easier to make than you think πŸ™‚ (it’s also delicious- completely different tasting from the commercial kind!)

LASTLY: note that I am NOT Thai- and this recipe is not called “Authentic Pad Thai Recipe”. Thai cuisine is incredibly complex in terms of balance of flavours- and a real Thai recipe includes ingredients like fish sauce, etc- ingredients that I wouldn’t be able to use here.


You’ll need (makes 3-4 servings):

  • 1 pack rice noodles* (250gr/ 8.8oz pack)
  • Vegetables thinly sliced (julienne) such as carrots, bell pepper, zucchini etc…
  • Handful of peanuts, chopped
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Limes
  • Scallion, chopped
  • Soybean sprouts* (optional)
  • Firm tofu* (optional)
  • Coconut oil
  • Low sodium soy sauce OR Tamari OR Coconut aminos*
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind pulp*
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1-2 teaspoon Sriracha or Chilli Garlic sauce*
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tapioca starch*

The process:

  • First off, place the tamarind pulp in a bowl with some warm water. Let it sit and dissolve for a few minutes.
Allowing the tamarind pulp to dissolve takes a few minutes- so start with this first πŸ™‚
  • In the meantime, prepare your ingredients so you can have everything near you BEFORE you start cooking :):
    • Cook the rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes (or until JUST soft) and then transfer to a bowl of cold water with ice cubes.
    • Chop all your veggies
    • Chop the peanuts & cilantro
    • Dice the tofu
Having everything ready BEFORE you cook will make for an amazing-er Pad Thai! Preparation is the key to success!
  • Now, let’s prepare the sauce! Rub the tamarind pulp and remove any eventual seeds you may find.
  • In a small pan or pot, mix the dissolved tamarind pulp, soy sauce (or sub of choice), sugar, vinegar, water, sriracha OR garlic-pepper paste. Cook everything together until well mixed.
  • Separately, mix the tapioca starch with just a bit of water. Transfer this mixture to the pot, stir everything and then remove from heat. In a few minutes, this sauce will start to feel a little “thicker”.
Your sauce is now ready! You can also make this a few days ahead if you’d like!
  • Now prepare your pad-thai!Β 
  • In a large pan, place a bit of oil on high med-heat, place your tofu, sprinkle some salt and cook the tofu. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same pan, drizzle a bit more oil, cook all your veggies with some of the scallion for just a few short minutes. I also like to add the peanuts at this stage to make them even “toastier”.Β 
  • Then add the noodles (use a pair of tongs to remove them from the cold water).
  • Drizzle the stir fry sauce and mix everything together. Cook on high heat! Nothing should be soggy here!
  • Remove from heat, toss in some sprouts, more scallion, more peanuts, the cooked tofu and serve into individual plates with wedges of lime on the side!


  • Make this entirely gluten-free by subbing soy sauce with tamari! Or coconut aminos with a pinch of salt!
  • Make this entirely SOY-free by subbing soy sauce (as above) AND by removing the tofu and soy-bean sprouts!
  • Make it BOTH gluten-free AND soy-free by doing both of the above lol.
  • Ingredients with an * can be found at Fresh Approach on Constant Spring Road (Kingston). Click HERE for map.
  • Add some EXTRA HEAT if you’d like by adding some finely chopped scotch bonnet (or hot pepper of your choice) in here πŸ™‚



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