Our Home Restaurant: Pad Priawan

Our Home Restaurant: Pad Priawan

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by in food, Thailand

A few months ago, the church decided to make use of the kitchen that normally stands empty during the week and open a restaurant. Now local business people stop in for lunch, students and parents have dinner before class, and the kitchen is pumping out tasty food.  Yet another opportunity to practice Evangelism Through Church Business.  We have a lot of repeat customers that come in a couple times a week for lunch.

Probably my favorite dish they make is Pad Priawan– Sweet & Sour.  I’m guessing that when you think of sweet and sour, you’re probably picturing breaded fried meat in a bright red very sweet sauce- the kind you can find at any Chinese take-out joint.  While you’ll recognize most of the ingredients as being the same, it’s put together differently.  First off, the meat (chicken, pork, shrimp…) is not breaded.  It’s just sliced thinly and stir-fried with the vegetables.  Secondly, the sauce is different.  It doesn’t have that thickened consistency like American-Chinese style.  Rather, it’s more tomato based, and somewhat soupy.  It also isn’t as sweet.  The other ingredients are onions, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and pineapple (my favorite- I like to order it with extra pineapple :) ).  And of course, it’s served over white rice.

"Alloy na!" (it's delicious!)

"Alloy na!" (it's delicious!)

If you’d like to try to make it at home, check out our friend Sara’s blog.  She learned to make it from her Thai Teacher and shares the recipe with all of us :)

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