Pad Thai Sauce
1 tablespoon tamarind paste, dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
Combine all ingredients. If using cornstarch (to make it non-broth-like), it will need to be cooked until thickened.
For the Pad Thai itself, I sautéed some chicken with some garlic, then tossed in some bean sprouts and softened rice noodles before stirring in the sauce until it looked good. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts before serving.
It just seemed wrong serving our normal salad with Ranch or Italian salad dressing as an accompaniment; this dressing over lettuce, shredded carrots, cucumber, green onion and chopped peanuts was perfect.
Thai Peanut Dressing
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sugar
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1-inch square piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
Blend well and serve.