pad thai

noun, often capitalized T
\ ˈpäd-ˈtī How to pronounce pad thai (audio) , ˈpad- \

Definition of pad thai

: a Thai dish consisting of rice noodles stir-fried usually with any of various additional ingredients (such as bean sprouts, peanuts, chicken, shrimp, and egg)

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead of super thin rice noodles, Phodega goes with a thicker cut, the size usually reserved for pad thai. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Review: Phodega serves Chicago’s best bowl of pho south of Argyle Street," 11 Dec. 2019 Popular dishes include pad thai, drunken noodles, fried rice and curries. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Pizza, burgers and craft beer: 41 new restaurants opened in metro Phoenix in October," 5 Nov. 2019 But Solnes’s concern is far bigger than where to find a minke whale burger or a decent pad thai., "In Norway, so much beauty — 24 hours a day — and fear of its demise - The Boston Globe," 26 Sep. 2019 Other Asian restaurant staples such as lo mein, sweet and sour chicken and pad Thai are also available. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Say hello to University Avenue’s newest restaurants," 26 Sep. 2019 The ingredients used are authentic, so expect to taste fish sauce in your pad Thai. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: A tasting tour under Carlsbad’s windmill," 12 Sep. 2019 Otherwise our pad Thai salad with zucchini noodles, pickled red onions, cashew powder, and radish. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Twin Cities chefs name the dish they’d make to challenge celeb chef Bobby Flay," 8 Aug. 2019 Thailand’s government sends chefs overseas to peddle pad Thai and massaman curry through its Global Thai programme. The Economist, "Which countries dominate the world’s dinner tables?," 23 Aug. 2019 And to be sure, the food here — whether familiar and mild-mannered pad thai or drunken noodles (both are $12.95) or Lao papaya salad ($6.95), fishier and spicier than the Thai version, with long bean and chopped tomatoes — is worth it. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Dali’s Lao/Thai Café in Sanford: A mom and pop (and mom and pop) operation | Review," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of pad thai

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pad thai

Thai phàd thaj, literally, Thai stir-fried mixture

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The first known use of pad thai was in 1978

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17 Dec 2019

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“Pad thai.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pad thai

chiefly US : a Thai dish of rice noodles that are stir-fried with other ingredients (such as seafood, chicken, egg, or bean sprouts)

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