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One of Thailand's national dishes, Pad Thai typically consists of rice noodles stir fried with a combination of eggs, another protein (shrimp, tofu, or chicken), peanuts, fish sauce, chili pepper, bean sprouts, and lime--along with any number of other ingredient [Source: (The Hungry Mouse) How to Make Pad Thai].
I was feeling for some Pad Thai recently, and decided to make it myself using Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles. First thing you should be aware of when working with this is to be sure to have something to cut with because there is no easy-tear notch on the noodle packaging, but other than that, the container has everything you'll need for your meal: rice noodles, seasoning packet, oil, plastic fork, and a very convenient plastic lid. The noodles can be prepared by microwaving or by soaking in boiling water with the lid. Afterwards, just tilt the whole container so that the water can drain from the notches on the corners of the lid; the design is pretty nifty!
The seasoning packet is large so I didn't need to use it all. Pad Thai is supposed to have a bit of kick to it, but the savory sauce included was more sweet than spicy. There is also an oil packet, but I found that the noodles were fine without it. Though it wasn't what I as spicy as I was expecting, it was still quite good. Way better than Ramen - I even hate to compare the two. My suggestion is to use this as a base and add lots of vegetables.
Each Thai Kitchen Noodle Cart Pad Thai Instant Rice Noodles package provides 230 calories and 2.5 grams of fat (4% of the daily value), including 0.5 grams of saturated fat, 470 milligrams of sodium (20% DV), 4 grams of protein and 49 grams of carbohydrates including 1 gram of dietary fiber and 11 grams of sugar.
A 2.25 ounce package normally costs $2.09 at Target and Amazon.com has them priced at 12 for $23.70. I really liked the novelty of the packaging, and the noodles were delicious. The sodium content is lower than a typical frozen entree, and it's gluten free, dairy free and vegan too (source). Though this is a fun lunch, it could be even better along with something else to fill out the meal. I would buy this one again.