Easy Pad Thai


Easy Vegan Pad Thai


Takes approx 20 minutes
Serves 4 as a main, 6 as a side

This Pad Thai is a simple dish that is health, cheap and quick to whip up if you are having people for dinner. And – unlike a lot of takeaway versions – it is not laden with fat. I do not use as much oil as I have seen other recipes suggest and I think it tastes all the better for it. Also looks really amazing if served on a platter.


  • 400g flat rice-stick noodles
  • 1 tablespoon  peanut oil
  • 1 brown onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 3 cloves of garlic; peeled and crushed
  • 1 red capsicum; sliced
  • 150g tofu; cut into strips (see note if you want to know what type of tofu to buy)
  • 6 stalks spring onions; thinly sliced diagonally
  • 1 cup coriander; chopped
  • 80ml soy sauce (GLUTEN FREE OPTION – Use Tamari)
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice (fresh juice over bottled does make a difference)
  • 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 90g (1cup) bean shoots
  • 40g (¼ cup) chopped peanuts (unsalted)


  • Combine the soy sauce, lime juice, sugar and sambal oelek and put to the side to marinade. This is your sauce.
  • Cook the noodles in boiling water until they are soft. Drain and put to the side.
  • Heat peanut oil in wok over high heat (if you don’t have a wok a large pan will make do)
  • Cook onion, garlic and capsicum until the onion has softened (approx. 3 minutes)
  • Add noodles and toss together well
  • Add tofu, spring onion and half the coriander
  • Pour in sauce and toss until noodles are coated
  • Take your wok off the heat and mix bean shoots through
  • Garnish with peanuts and coriander
  • Serve immediately!


  • Supermarkets can be somewhat limiting in the tofu department. An option you can always find is Soyco Marinaded Tofu (for an image of the product see the Soyco website). This stuff is really yummy! If you have the option, get the Satay Peanut flavour
  • If you go to an Asian supermarket get the fried tofu. They will be in the fridge section either in sealed plastic takeaway containers or plastic bags and look like fluffy golden cubes. This tofu goes really well in the dish.

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