My family loves Pad Thai, but the pre-made sauces are so expensive! So, I did a bunch of research, looked at many ways of making the sauce, tried several versions, and this is the one I have landed on. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because the ingredients listed below come in so many variations and strengths, it will take a little taste testing to get your sauce right.
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- 1/2 cup tamarind paste (Use Tamarind Concentrate, NOT paste)
- 1/2 cup palm sugar or 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth or 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
- 1/8 teaspoon fish sauce (Squid Brand)
- 1 -2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- thai chili paste (to taste) or ground red pepper (to taste)
- lime juice (optional)
- 1Whisk Tamarind Concentrate and Sugar in a medium sauce pot over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- 2Add Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Garlic and a pinch of Chili Paste or Red Pepper and whisk.
- 3Bring heat to high, boil for 30 seconds, remove from heat immediately.
- 4Taste the sauce. If it is not salty enough, add 2 DROPS of Fish Sauce (watch out, the flavor is very strong). If it is too sour, add more sugar. If it is too sweet, add more Tamarind Concentrate. If it is too fishy, add a squirt of Lime Juice. If not spicy enough, add more Chili paste or ground red pepper.
- 5Allow to cool for 10 minutes before using or bottling.
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Nutritional Facts for Pad Thai Sauce
Serving Size: 1 (142 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 276.6
- Calories from Fat 3
- Total Fat 0.3 g
- Saturated Fat 0.1 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 314.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 70.2 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
- Sugars 67.3 g
- Protein 1.9 g