Pad Thai is a dish is which is enjoyed all over Thailand, especially the central region. The menu is strongly influenced by Chinese cuisine with its many noodle dishes. Pad Thai was originally known as ‘Fried noodles’ but was given a new name during the rule of Prime Minister Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhramm around the same time as the country’s name was changed from Siam to Thailand. During World War 2 there was a campaign to get people to eat more noodles as there was a shortage of rice and it was this time that the dish really rose in popularity and has remained a firm favorite ever since.
The pork which featured heavily in the dish’s Chinese predecessor was removed, shrimps were added and special rice noodles were used as they were extremely suitable for wok-frying. The dish must be consumed dry and without accompanying soup for authenticity and to distinguish it from Chinese style noodle soup.