This is a great recipe. Several people have mentioned using Thai sweet chili sauce in place of the Heinz. I've discovered a better strategy: use 1/3 c Heinz, 1/3 c Thai sweet chili sauce. It creates the perfect sauce--using all Heinz or all Thai sweet chili doesn't taste quite right.
Vegetarian Pad Thai
ismat25 Posted: 09/02/09
DMorrris Posted: 01/24/09
Delicious! I used only 1 tablespoon of fish sauce. I don't like it too fishy. I added shrimp and tofu. I used about 1 cup of sprouts. It was the perfect amount of sauce. It's going to make a great lunch tomorrow, too. BTW, I followed the advice of on this board and used sweet chili sauce from the asian aisle and red curry paste. I think it made a huge difference in the finished dish. Overall, this recipe is a keeper. Next time, I'll try it with chicken. Enjoy!
Tumbles Posted: 07/30/10
Uck. If you know what really good Phad Thai tastes like DO NOT try this recipe. You will hate it. It is absolutely because of the Heinz Chili Sauce. I almost pitched it but decided to smother it with more cilantro, sprouts, lime and peanuts. Was barely edible. I should have listened to my inner voice in the store telling me to buy the Thai Chili Sauce instead, but I trusted the 5 star reviewers. BIG mistake.
Blervis Posted: 06/11/10
Soooo yummy. Not complicated. Some ingredients not easy to find, but easy to substitute. I used stir fry egg noodles instead of rice noodles and jalapeno pepper instead of seranno chile.
kelmorevt Posted: 12/09/09
This recipe is great. I love knowing what goes into it. I use brown rice noodles and cut back on the brown sugar.
hochrox Posted: 05/15/09
We make this regularly because it's quick, simple, tasty, and Thai (mmmm Thai food). Fish sauce creeps me out so I leave that out and it still comes out really well.
mamita Posted: 02/10/10
This was good and pretty easy to make. I used a Thai Chili Garlic sauce and added mushrooms and broccoli to the veggies at the end. I think it made way more than the 6 servings. I thought it had just the right amount of spiciness. I liked the flavor though my husband felt it needed more sauce. Overall was good and healthy but I was not wowed enough to serve to company.
karendb Posted: 12/15/10
I agree that this recipe shouldn't be called vegetarian as written. That said, I used this recipe as a guide and the dish turned out well. I added broccoli and lightly sauteed napa cabbage instead of bean sprouts. I used sriracha but used only about 1/3 cup because sriracha is so spicy.
suziethefoodie Posted: 02/20/10
This recipe was so ketchup-y tasting! As soon as I put in the sauce I was overwhelmed with the smell of cooking ketchup, so unappealing and not authentic at all. This tasted nothing like real Pad Thai, just another cheap and quick version I was seduced into making and totally disappointed in in the end.
assetme Posted: 05/25/10
How is this vegetarian with fish sauce in it? I was excited to see a "vegetarian" pad thai recipe but once I read the ingredients was quickly disappointed...............
Debbie17 Posted: 07/01/11
I substitute all thai sweet chili sauce and love it, as does my husband and 4 yr old.
EllenDeller Posted: 08/23/12
I liked this recipe but not half as much as the other pad thai recipe with coconut milk. I used a bit more than 1/2 sweet thai chili sauce and a little less than half sirracha, and I cut the brown sugar in half, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Portion sizes are ample, and it's very filling. Served with some steamed broccoli with a drizzle of sesame oil on top.
dbenke Posted: 01/28/13
Not a vegetarian recipe, it contains 'fish sauce'. Try relabeling it as 'Vegetable Pad Thai'.