I was craving Pad See Ew so bad I felt like I was about to throw a tantrum on the floor like my three-year-old does if I didn’t eat it today.
But I didn’t have rice noodles, and I didn’t have chinese broccoli, two important ingredients for authentic Pad See Ew, Thai Soy Sauce Noodles. I also didn’t have time to go buy them at the Asian market and make the 1-hour round trip drive between naps with both my toddlers.
But I scrounged around in my pantry and discovered I did have Barilla Protein Plus angel hair pasta (my weight-lifting hubby’s favorite noodles) and fresh spinach, chicken, garlic, eggs, and all the Thai sauces that go in Pad See Ew.
So I decided to make Pad Se Ew anyways, even though it wasn’t going to taste like from a street vendor Pad See Ew.
You know what happened?
We devoured it, and me and the kiddos got seconds, and hubby thirds. It wasn’t perfect, authentic pad see ew, but as I learned from the Nester, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
If you ever feel like you shouldn’t make a Thai dish you are craving because you don’t have all the authentic ingredients to make it, make it anyways.
Take what you have in your fridge and pantry, and see what you can make that will fill you up with love and nourishment. If it doesn’t taste like a Thai grandma made it, the Thai Food Legit Police wont come and arrest you, or I would have been in jail long ago.
Just enjoy the process of making Thai food, and no matter how it tastes, this is my favorite result of any meal: my toddler daughter sneaking in to take a bite during my pad see ew photo shoot cuz it looked so good she couldn’t resist!