Tofu & asparagus pad Thai

Tofu & asparagus pad Thai

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A vegetarian, superhealthy alternative to the ever popular pad Thai

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories321
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.74g
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  • 200g flat rice noodles
  • 2 limes, 1 juiced, one cut into wedges



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste, or extra lime juice



    A seed pod from the tamarind tree that is used extensively in South-East Asian and Indian…

  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or sunflower oil
  • 300g firm tofu, drained, patted dry and cut into cubes
  • 10 asparagus spears, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal
  • 6 spring onions halved and thinly sliced lengthways

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 300g bag beansprouts
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • handful each coriander leaves and salted peanuts, to serve

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  1. Cook the noodles following packet instructions. Mix the lime juice, tamarind and chilli sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan or wok and fry the tofu for 5-8 mins, until golden all over. Set aside.

  3. Add the remaining oil and stir-fry the asparagus until tender. Tip in the spring onions, beansprouts and garlic. Cook for 2 mins more. Stir in the drained noodles, sauce and some salt. Mix in the tofu and heat through. Serve with coriander, salted peanuts and lime wedges.

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Comments (6)

Vgrattidge's picture

It worked really well- I did add a tbsp of soy sauce, half a teaspoon of fresh ginger and half a finely chopped medium chilli. Will definitely make again.

tomlin121's picture
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Totally scrumptious, went down a treat with the family definitely add chilli. We ate this on a wintersd day and it reminded us of sunny Thailand - will absolutely make this in summer when it gets here!!

dennyc2's picture

Need to be careful with the tamarind paste. Mine was too strong and l
Killed the dish. Second attempt with 1 tsp tamarind and extra Chpped dried chilli is good. Will keep persevering as pad Thai can be wonderful. Also, I dry grill the tofu to avoid the oily taste you get when frying it...try it!

maisie40's picture

I used herbed tofu and just a little bit of fresh chilli added at the same time as the garlic. Needn't have bothered with the chilli though as adding a drizzle of the sweet chilli sauce when serving would have been enough I think. Would definitely make again.

naiomi84's picture
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Healthy yet filling lunch option. Tasty but could suffer a little more kick. I used smoked sesame tofu which worked well.

robertpallas's picture
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Even without asparagus, very nice

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