Pad thai is a simple, flavoursome dish common throughout Thailand. It’s predominantly sold as street food using seafood and egg-based ingredients. But with a few easy tweaks you can create delicious vegan pad thai recipes at home. Satisfy your next Thai food craving with the help of the tasty recipes below.
Easy Vegan Pad Thai
A simple Pad Thai is perfect weekend dinner fare, made even easier as a vegan version. What makes this recipe close to the traditional version is the incorporation of a vegan egg ‘scramble’. With the help of tamari, veggie broth and cilantro and dried seaweed, this easy Pad Thai is brimming with flavour.
Raw Vegan Pad Thai
Don’t feel like cooking? Why not try a raw vegan version of Pad Thai? This is suitable for those nights if you’re lacking motivation, or a steamy-hot summer’s afternoon. Here, the noodles are replaced by vegetable ‘zoodles’ (zucchini noodles) which partner well with a crunchy slaw bowl of vegetables topped by a sauce derived from ginger, almond butter and tamari.
Vegetarian Pad Thai
Oh, my! A Pad Thai sans meat and animal product is a must. Loaded with firm tofu, bok choy and peanuts, these noodles will have your Pad Thai pals swooning for more. The egg is optional in this recipe; simply leave it out for a vegan version.
Vegan Tofu Pad Thai
Cooking kindly can extend to Thai food. This colourful and crunchy dish underscores the fresh flavours as you build this bowl of vegan Pad Thai. The added ‘punch’ to the sauce in this version involves adding cupboard staples such as maple syrup and tomato paste.
Vegan Pad Thai
The beauty of travel lies in the desire to return home with a new recipe or inspiration to veganise a street favourite. Replacing traditional fish sauce can be a challenge, yet has never been easier with the rise of vegan ‘fish’ sauce. This is the champion in this recipe, making the journey home to create a vegan Pad Thai a breeze.
Spicy Pumpkin Seed Butter Pad Thai
Who would’ve thought the humble pumpkin can make a cameo appearance in a vegan Pad Thai? The secret is to create a pumpkin seed butter pad thai sauce. What a special addition in this Pad Thai recipe, making it soy free, nut free and gluten free, too. Those with allergies will delight in the eating of this allergy-friendly take on a classic.
Vegetable Noodle Pad Thai with a Peanut Sauce
Zoodles have never been so popular, and are easy to make with any spiraliser found in your cupboard or trusty store. Replace the rice noodles with this extra, colourful vegetable before bulking your Pad Thai with extra staples – bean sprouts, cabbage, carrot and lime. Satisfying and ever-nutritious.
Noodle-Free Pad Thai
Thailand may not understand how a Pad Thai can ever be made without rice noodles, but the key is to replace the rice noodle with a substitute. Shred your vegetables to create a rainbow of noodles in this dish, and smother them in nut-based sauce and lime. It’ll only take you 30 minutes to get this Pad Thai to table.
Raw Rainbow Pad Thai
Colour is the key in Thai cooking, and this is ever so true when it comes to Pad Thai. Cooking raw ensures a maximum colour palette, all while ascending your tastebuds to the flavours on offer. To live is to eat, and to eat living food is to give your body the goodness it needs. White miso, coconut sugar and orange juice complement the goodness encased in this bowl of raw Pad Thai.