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Pad Thai Soup

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Living in LA during “fall” makes you feel like a bit of crazy person.

I’ll pull on my tall boots and a chunky sweaters that I am rightfully entitled to wear in late October, later realizing that the weather will creep up into the 80’s by mid day. And I’m the crazy lady at Starbucks ordering a pumpkin latte, wearing vintage Frye boots, jeans and a thick wool sweater while I could be wearing a jersey knit sundress like the normal, non-crazy, girl behind me in line.

And still, I persist. I even go home and make soup. Sweating the entire time I eat it. In my sweater, with the air conditioner running.

I spent three years as a vegetarian. The best thing I ever did when it comes to cooking, it opened up a world of produce to me and reminded me of all the foods I would often overlook just because they didn’t contain meat. To this day there are still things I prefer in a vegetarian or vegan form.

When it comes to thai cooking, fish and oyster sauce are frequently called for. Here is an article about how to make those, DIY style in your own kitchen using non-meat products.

There is also a company that sellย vegetarian fish sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and Golden Mountain Season Sauce is a great alternative when those are called for.

And for Gluten Free, I hear this Kikkomon GF Soy Sauce is great.

Pad Thai Soup


  • 3 tbs oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 egg (omit for vegan)
  • 3 oz extra firm tofu, diced (or cubed chicken)
  • 4 cups broth (veggie or chicken)
  • 4 oz rice noodles (also called pad thai noodles)
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tbs fish sauce (For vegan, use adaptation listed in above post)
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, crushed
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 tsp crushed red peppers


  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the garlic and stir. Add the egg and cook until softly scrabbled. Add the tofu (or chicken), cook until lightly fried about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the broth, then add the noodles, soy, sriracha, fish sauce, and peanuts. Cook until noodles have softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with peanuts, green onions and red chili flakes.






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61 Responses to Pad Thai Soup

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks October 22, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    I sweat and drink coffee in the middle of the summer – I Can relate to your sweater/soup/AC story. Lol

    It sounds and looks awesome!

    • Jackie October 22, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      I also drive around with my seat heaters on in my car, and the windows rolled down ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 22, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Living in LA with this heat in October could definitely drive us crazy! I’d still make this soup and sweat it out – it looks amazing!

  3. Baker Street October 22, 2012 at 2:24 am #

    I would pretend its winter too if you were making me this delicious soup! absolutely love the flavors and your pictures are just stunning! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious October 22, 2012 at 8:28 am #

    I cannot ever complain about the heat, I hate being cold and was bummed to wear some jeans this weekend in SF. Pad Thai soup is genius!

    • Jackie October 22, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      Looked like fun! I loved seeing all the instagram pics from Foodbuzz, sorry to miss it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 22, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I am the same way! This soup is definitely worth a little sweat! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Cassie October 22, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Why have I never thought to turn pad Thai into soup? Pad Thai is a favorite of Paul’s…I’m sure this will be a BIG hit! Oh, and come visit me, we have some great fall weather going on now!

  7. Stephen October 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    My only complaint would be that the word “Pad” means fried in Thai such as “Kao Pad = Rice Fried” so it seems a little strange to have Thai Fried Soup.

    Just my little issue that nobody else will have so I will go back to minding my own business. Looks great and I will have to try to whip up a pot of the vegan version soon. Oh and it was or is 87F here today.

    • Jackie October 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

      Interesting! I should probably call it “Pad Thai Inspired Soup” since it’s more based on the favors of the dish, not an actually authentic Pad Thai dish.

  8. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen October 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Oh, oh, oh, Pad Thai…must make! I’d go with the Frye boots too. Super cute ๐Ÿ™‚ No joke, I’m loving this – Pinning and definitely going to try.

  9. dana@minimalistbaker October 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Um YUM! I love pad thai so I KNOW I’d love this!

  10. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

    Yeah, I’m in North Carolina and even here, the seasons aren’t like they were when I lived in the midwest. It’s going to be 79 a few days this week, which is so odd for the end of November. But I’m not gonna complain when it’s in the 50s in January. This soup is amazing–I love Pad Thai so much!

  11. Julie @ Table for Two October 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    i LOVE LOVE thai food – this looks SO perfect for the east coast fall/winter. i love it!

  12. Anna @ hiddenponies October 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    I love crisp fall weather, and I love that you’re feeling “fall” no matter what the weather is actually saying in LA ๐Ÿ™‚ This soup looks incredible, and as always I just love your photos!

  13. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker October 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

    When I was in L.A this weekend, I was sweating balls it was so hot! In Seattle though, this soup is perfect for the fifty degree weather. It looks like comfort food for the soul.

    • Jackie October 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      It was crazy, right? Super hot, and it’s supposed to me in the 80’s and even 90’s through the next 10 days.

  14. Maya @ Alaska from Scratch October 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    This post really made me laugh. I remember those California days. And now I live in Alaska, where there’s already snow on the ground and I haven’t had Pad Thai since I left California! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Mimi October 23, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Will omitting the fish sauce make a huge difference to the dish? This soup sounds great, but fish sauce doesn’t fit with my vegetarian diet!

    • Jackie October 23, 2012 at 8:54 am #

      Thank you! I just updated the post with info about vegan alternatives to fish and oyster sauce.

  16. Runlana gold October 23, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Is there a way to make it in the crockpot?

    • Jackie October 23, 2012 at 8:55 am #

      It actually only takes about 15 minutes. I wouldn’t even bother trying it in a slow cooker

  17. RavieNomNoms October 23, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    Oh your soup is just to die for!!! How amazing!! I would gobble and slurp down about 3 cups of this!

  18. Ashley - Baker by Nature October 23, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    It’s been freakishly warm here in NYC this fall, so I feel you! Yesterday, despite the 79 degree weather, I insisted we eat soup for 2 out of 3 meals and wear sweaters on our afternoon walk – crazy. This soup looks amazing – and I love pad thai, so this is sure to thrill me!

  19. Cara's Healthy Cravings October 23, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    This soup looks like it’s worth the sweat! Any form of pad thai I love!

  20. Daniela October 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    That looks so yummy, I love pad thai and I wonder how it would taste made into a soup!
    And I feel for you for the heat in middle of the October, or maybe I am jealous? ๐Ÿ˜€
    I love my Fall…but I’m really not crazy about the Winter coming, and we had Fall like weather for not even three weeks and now everything just looks a bi sad here, leaves are pretty much gone and now it’s just cold.

    • Jackie October 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      I’m totally waiting for fall like crazy! Even though we really don’t have winter here.

  21. Glenda October 24, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Pretty nice post. I like that you added a vegan option. I like to eat vegan meals once a week.

  22. Melissa October 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Usually I do not read comment on blogs, but I had to say that your photos are so beautiful! Prettiest soup i’ve ever seeeeen

    • Jackie October 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      That’s so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much!

  23. Irene October 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Terrific soup! Looks amazing.

  24. Wine and Olives October 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Nothing beats a noodle soup to warm the soul. Your recipe sounds lovely, can’t wait to try it!

  25. Bree October 24, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

    We may need to swap locations because I would love to be sporting a tank top and flip flops right now ;). Your soup looks delicious!

  26. Lisa Horvath October 26, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    This looks delicious. I’m always looking for new soup recipes, I’ll try this out today. It’s 60 in Boston so it’s kind of soup worthy weather here ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Laura October 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I am completely intrigued by this soup. I am usually a purist when it comes to Thai food, but while I love ordering pad thai, I loathe making it because it requiring the perfect rice noodles and a TON of oil. Do you ever add sweet garlic sauce to it?

    • Jackie October 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Sweet garlic sauce great. I like a little bit of chili oil also.

  28. Belinda October 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I love this idea! I think I’ll make it and add tamarind and white miso paste.

    • Jackie October 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      I completely love that idea. I give you my full endorsement for that version ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to add tamarind, but 3 stores later and I couldn’t find any.

  29. Lauren November 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I made this tonight, and it was perfect! It literally took 15 mins to make, and I think the whole pot was devoured 15 minutes later. So good…thank you!

    • Jackie November 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      Yay! That makes me so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. EIleen from Chicago November 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    I just made this soup for dinner. What a hit! This is not only yummy but so easy. I made it with chicken but will try it again with tofu when my vegetarian son comes to visit.
    I’m hooked. Thanks Jackie!

  31. Hannah Banana December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Unquestionably one of the best and fastest soups i’ve ever had!

  32. Lana Haba-Horne December 27, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I tried this it was soo good and could not have been easier. So simple!

  33. Oliva December 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I loved this! I added more tofu and noodles, and added some miso

  34. Kristina January 16, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Hi! I just found your website and tried this soup. Loved it! I added some cabbage and found this soup to be super-tasty…even in the hot weather of Grenada! I enjoyed it enough to write about it on my blog.
    I’ll definitely be checking out your blog more. Thanks again!


    • Jackie January 17, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Yay! Cabbage sounds great in this soup ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Amber C. January 17, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Just made this soup. Wowzer! So easy and so delicious!! Just sent the recipe to my family and close friends. This will definately be a recipe I make again and again!! Thank you!

    • Jackie January 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      Yay! SO happy about that, Amber!

  36. Kurt January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Just made it, very good! I added bean sprouts and finely juliened carrots. And more siracha .. It’s 15 deg out…perfect!

    • Jackie January 20, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      That sounds perfect! I love those additions.

  37. Spices of India March 19, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    Cabbage have done great job its nice recipe . This soup is now become my favourite one thanks to introduce this one.

  38. Sherry November 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    This recipe is great! We got back from Thailand and were craving a decent pad thai and this definitely did the trick.

  39. paul January 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    I made the very poor person’s version of this because I’m.. very poor at the moment: garlic powder, the noodles I had on hand (flour vermicelli), omitted chicken/tofu and green onions and doubled the egg for substance. It still came out really well! The flavor reminded me a lot of Vietnamese Pho.

  40. Malin Andersson March 23, 2016 at 4:34 am #

    I love this soup. It is superb. Thanks for sharing. If you have more soup, recipes then please share. I am waiting for your response.


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