Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style

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Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style

Spicy Roasted Chicken Thigh, Stir-Fry Rice Noodles
Pickled Turnip, Peanuts, Garlicky Spinach, Bean Sprouts
Quail Egg & Gochujang Sauce
Lime, Thai Chili, Cilantro Garnish

The inspiration for this twist on Thailand’s Stir-Fried Noodle dish comes from one of my favorite Korean rice dishes, Bibimbap. Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style is the third in a series of unique Pad Thai dishes ~ this is Pad Thai fusion!

One of Thailand’s most popular dishes is commonly made with stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, garlic, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, peanuts, coriander and lime ~ the Taste With The Eyes Pad Thai Series incorporates all or most of these ingredients into recipes with a creative angle or unusual point of view.

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Authentic Bibimbap @ Gina Lee’s Bistro

Bibimbap 비빔밥, literally meaning “mixed rice,” a very popular dish in Korea, is prepared with steamed white rice, beef and vegetables, topped with a fried egg and served with spicy red chili paste, called gochujang. The beef and colorful vegetables are artfully arranged around the perimeter of the bowl, making for a bold symmetrical presentation. Everything is then mixed vigorously with chopsticks.

Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style Recipe

Chicken Pad Thai Recipe
Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style

Pad Thai Gochujang Sauce:

  • 1/2 c. gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. tamarind juice (tamarind paste mixed with warm water)
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 t. grated ginger
  • 1 t. Thai chili, seeded & finely chopped

Combine ingredients in a bowl, add water to get a saucy consistency. Set aside.

Garlic Spinach:
Sauté minced garlic in a small amount of sesame oil, add baby spinach and cook until wilted. Finish with toasted sesame seeds.

Pickled Turnip:
Place fresh grated turnip in a pickling liquid for a few hours, or overnight. Squeeze out extra liquid before serving.

Spicy Chicken Thigh:
Toss shredded roasted chicken thigh meat with Pad Thai Gochujang Sauce and heat through. Supermarket rotisserie chicken works great in this dish.

Pad Thai Noodles:
Heat a small amount of oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok. Add cooked/rinsed/drained Thai rice noodles and Pad Thai Gochujang Sauce to coat. Toss gently and heat through.

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Thai Noodles, Bibimbap-Style

Place stir-fried noodles in a bowl. Arrange the spicy chicken, garlic spinach, crunchy fresh bean sprouts, roasted peanuts, pickled turnip around the edge of the bowl.

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Pad Thai with Fried Quail Egg

Serve the dish topped with a fried quail egg. Instruct your guests to add spicy gochujang sauce to their liking, then break the egg yolk, and stir all the ingredients together.

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Chicken Pad Thai with Spinach

Finish the tossed noodle dish with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Spicy, sweet, sour, salty, tangy and umami flavors are balanced with the various textures… it’s positively addicting.

Taste With The Eyes Pad Thai Series:

#1  Shrimp Pad Thai & The Shrimp Plant
#2  Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed
#3  Chicken Pad Thai, Korean Style

12 thoughts on “Chicken Pad Thai, Korean-Style”

  1. I had my first Bibimbap a few years ago at a Korean restaurant. The next week I made it at home, but it didn’t quite match up to the restaurant’s. I’ve made a few more since but still not perfect. Yours looks perfect! I love the pad Thai flavors! I’m going to have to give this a try. Love your before and after pictures!

  2. What a delightful Asian-style smorgasbord 🙂 ! Only got to used to gochujang a short while back: absolutely love the depth of th extra flavour!

  3. That egg looks perfect and yes I want to dig in to….Lori everything you make always looks so perfect…

  4. I literally drooled after looking at your photos. I’m a HUGE fan of Bibimbap and ALWAYS order it at a Korean restaurant. And I love Pad Thai too. You are so creative as always! The runny egg yolk… yum. I want this for lunch so bad. Maybe we have to go Thai or Korean restaurant tonight as I have nothing in the fridge… Happy weekend LL! 🙂

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