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Street Vendor Video: Pad Thai

This video demonstrates how to make a Classic Pad Thai based on the original style which uses fresh lime (served on the side at the end) to add sour flavor but no tamarind. The main flavor ingredients here are vinegar, fish sauce, sugar and ground chile. The chef here is very well known in the area of Nakorn Pathom, having an excellent reputation. As a result, she's always cooking for a steady stream of customers. Her shop name is Pad Thai Buang Yuan, noting the two recipes she specializes in (Buang Yuan is a type of Thai omelet).

The possibilities are endless when it comes to Pad Thai--please see the video below featuring a street vendor preparing two other versions. We also have our own favorite version of Pad Thai that uses tofu (which we love in Pad Thai!), and takes practice but has a wondeful rich flavor.

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Thai Street Vendor Videos

All of our videos can be found in our Thai Street Vendor Videos section.

Street Vendor Prepares Two Variations of Pad Thai Street Vendor Prepares Two Variations of Pad Thai Stir-fried Seafood Basil, 'Pad Grapao Talay' Stir-fried Seafood Basil, 'Pad Grapao Talay' Radna Wide Noodles in Gravy Radna Wide Noodles in Gravy Shrimp Chile Paste Stir-Fry, 'Goong Pad Namprik' Shrimp Chile Paste Stir-Fry, 'Goong Pad Namprik'

Thai Street Vendor DVD

Now on DVD:
Learn How To Cook
Like a Thai Street Vendor

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Since 2008 we've presented new, professionally-produced Thai Street Vendor videos at ImportFood.com. Many customers say these videos offer the best instruction on how to cook authentic Thai food, and request that we offer it on DVD.

Our new Thai Street Vendor Cooking DVD offers 20 of our most popular videos in full picture format so you can watch them on your computer or at home on your big screen tv. Quality is outstanding, and the DVDs are professional grade not cheap reproduction discs from an office supply store.

The DVD is packaged in a standard case, with a recipe booklet inside detailing the ingredients and method of each recipe shown in the DVD. More Info.



February 17th, 2009
10:53 PM
what an excellent video!! thanks for sharing!
May 12th, 2009
1:47 PM
I love it!!!!!!!!! Thanks for your video
September 8th, 2009
6:43 AM
Your videos are THE BEST!! I can't thank you enough for making it possible to replicate these recipes in our own American kitchens with the help of your techniques and products. Thank you!!
Alacia Fowler
October 16th, 2009
9:51 PM
These videos are great, and you are a wonderful narrator. Thank you so much for posting these on your site.
December 29th, 2009
5:09 PM
I grew up in the states watching my mom cook Thai as a kid. . . I make many dishes at home on my own with products purchased at a local asian market. I've watched several of your videos and am so thoroughly impressed to know now that I'm doing it ALMOST EXACTLY as they do it on the streets in Thailand!!! :) (Sadly, I haven't been back yet, since leaving there as a toddler.) Thank you tons. . . when I'm ready to reorder some staples, I think I might skip the trip to HungFung and use importfood.com . :)
kass lockhart
January 12th, 2010
11:13 AM
Makes us want to book a flight today so we could be eating there tomorrow. Where is that location, anyway?
Howard Culbreth
January 26th, 2010
8:08 PM
You can tell by the way this lady moves that she has been doing this for a long time and is expert at this dish. I have had a hard time with Pad Thai because the noodles get too soft. The rule is to just soak the rice stick in warm water until they are softening but still stiff. Look at the stiffness of the noodles when she puts them in for the correct texture. Also, does anyone know how she makes the shrimp and coconut concoction? Does she re-hydrate the dried shrimp first? How long does she saute the shrimp and coconut together? Where does the reddish color come from/ The chile powder?
March 12th, 2010
10:17 AM
thank you so much for sharing these street vendors video. i've learned so much and so many way of cooking my favorite thai food. this is the best site ever!!!
June 30th, 2010
5:02 PM
There are 3 pans on her cart. The first is tofu, can you tell me what is in the second and third? I know you said fried coconut and dried shrimp was in one of them.
February 13th, 2011
6:33 PM
Thanx for this video! It reminds me of when I used to be in Thailand. The vendor cooks in a very unique way she really inspired me into trying to make my mom's phat-thai recipe and to try others. !
October 26th, 2012
11:49 AM
Greta video!!! Really enjoyed it, thanks!!
January 8th, 2013
6:44 PM
You all are fantastic! Thank you so much for your conscientious service and education! Must order something soon! I love my mortar and pestle that I bought from you....it's excellent and beautiful.
January 15th, 2013
11:39 AM
Great videos have not tried any yet will make ka pow chicken tonight thanks for making these videos and Thai cooking made easy
August 15th, 2013
12:05 PM
l enjoy allways to see your nice and interesting videos.l think l have to start once cooking thai-food.very much thanks for your big job-
October 7th, 2013
1:51 PM
Fabulous...really helpful. I think I might be able to attempt this!
November 26th, 2013
7:29 PM
I could easily live off the "street food" stands in Thailand and be very very happy. With the rare exception they are very friendly and the stands are clean......food is always great. Don't forget the fresh fruit stands........the BEST. If you get caught in the traffic someone will come along offering something to eat while you wait for the light to change..........What a way of life.
Mark K.
December 10th, 2013
7:11 PM
What I LOVE about Thai Street Foods and these videos in particular is the simplicity and unpretentious nature of the food preparation and the cooking and presentation of the final dishes which - all evidence to the contrary - offer up a complex and exotic set of flavor profiles and experiences to those who are adventurous - and hungry - enough to give them a try. Once again, many thanks for the opportunity to see how street food is prepared and ENJOYED in Thailand. Bravo!
December 23rd, 2013
6:51 PM
Thanks so much for the tutorials online! I have a question, though, about the DVD's: do they include the up to 15-20 seconds of "buffering?" Perhaps it's just my location, but those pauses are distracting. Thank you for reading this ...
February 25th, 2014
5:31 PM
Love this site!! I made my first from scratch green curry paste. it is amazing, I will never buy canned again!

Fascinating watching the street chefs. Very talented and efficient.
October 11th, 2014
1:50 AM
Amazing website, love the videos and recipes - thank you :)

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