Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Pad Thai for Toddlers

Oodles of noodles for your little one.  Toned down so not super hot and using peanut butter rather than peanuts to avoid choking hazards.

I've also avoided the use of bean sprouts which would be traditional in Pad Thai.  For those of you who are unaware, sprouted seeds were implicated as the cause of an outbreak of E. Coli O104:H4 in Germany and France.  In my opinion you can't cook a bean sprout so it is piping hot throughout (so the E Coli is killed) without it tasting evil so I'd rather just miss them out.

Pad Thai for Toddlers - serves 1 toddler


A handful of cooked prawns, thawed if frozen
1 nest of noodles, this was 50g for me which was way too much but unfortunately I find they never come in small enough portions (you could always increase the other ingredients and make for two though)
1 egg
1/3 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 spring onion, sliced into rings
1 and a half tsp sweet chilli sauce
A few shakes of fish sauce
1/2 tsp peanut butter (smooth)
A few coriander leaves
Vegetable or spray oil


Crack open the egg and whisk it slightly.  Get the kettle on then heat up the oil in a wok.  Pour in the mixed egg and swirl making a thin omelette.  Take out when cooked, rolling as you go and slice up the omelette.

Put the noodles on to cook, cooking for one minute less than the fully cooked pack instructions as they will continue to cook as you stir fry.

Heat up some more oil in the wok, add the mushrooms and pepper and fry for a few seconds.  Add the sweet chilli sauce, a touch of fish sauce, peanut butter and a tiny splash of water.  Add the prawns, onions, and heat for a few seconds.  Add the drained noodles and fry for a few seconds.  Once everything is hot through, serve, garnishing with the omelette and some coriander.

Opinion seems to be changing on the best time to introduce food allergens.  This is very likely to vary by country so be guided by local advice.  My health visitor said there was no reason not to introduce ground peanuts to my son after 6 months despite the fact he has eczema but I know that a few years ago it was recommended to wait.  If you do want to avoid nuts, just miss them out.

If you like this, why not try the Thai Green Curry for toddlers?


  1. Sounds lovely- would be a good version for less adventurous grown ups too!

  2. I know my children are going to love this dish. They're not toddlers any more but this is definitely their kind of food - can't wait to try it out on them!


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