It’s November 7, Mint Fanatics. And for us at Asian Mint, that only means one thing—it’s National Pad Thai Day! While we all can enjoy pad Thai any and every day, November 7 is the one day in the year when we celebrate all things pad Thai, Thailand’s national dish.
Today, we invite you to celebrate National Pad Thai Day and savor it in all its scrumptious glory at Asian Mint.
What makes pad Thai so special?
We all know pad Thai to be that tasty rice noodle dish stir-fried with eggs, tofu, proteins like chicken and shrimp, and a sauce made with fish sauce, tamarind juice, palm sugar, red chilies, garlic, and shallots. It has the quintessential flavors present in most Asian dishes—sweet, salty, spicy, and sour. And once you’ve had a taste for it, you’d happily slurp your way through a plateful and want more.
For the people of Thailand, though, pad Thai is more than just a noodle dish. It’s a representation of their national identity and resilience as a people.
You may think that pad Thai is a centuries-old recipe passed down from generation to generation. On the contrary, this dish is actually a product of the 20th century. In the 1930s, Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the prime minister of Thailand at the time, was determined to strengthen the country’s cultural independence. Nicknamed Phibun, he’s the one responsible for changing the country’s name from Siam to Thailand.
Among the many things that Phibun did to attain Thailand’s cultural independence was to hold a contest for the country’s new national dish. This contest led to the creation of the dish we now know as pad Thai. Phibun actively promoted pad Thai across the country and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, you can find pad Thai everywhere, not just in Bangkok’s street stalls, but throughout the world. Every restaurant serving Thai food will have pad Thai on its menu.
Enjoy National Pad Thai Day your way at Asian Mint
At Asian Mint, you have many options for enjoying pad Thai. We serve it four ways: original pad Thai with rice noodles, crispy pad Thai with crispy wonton strips, pad Thai woon sen with clear and low-carb noodles, and a no-noodle pad Thai no sen. They’re typically made with chicken, tofu, and shrimp, as well as our signature tamarind sauce.
The beauty of our pad Thai is we offer options that will allow you to customize it to your liking. For example, you can ask your friendly Mintee to give you pad Thai with only shrimp for protein. We can make your pad Thai vegan or vegetarian. Additionally, our pad Thais except for the crispy pad Thai are gluten-free.
You can also enjoy Asian Mint pad Thai at home. You can order it for curbside pickup or delivery. And you can even cook it at home using our pad Thai ChefMint kit and Chef Nikky’s pad Thai sauce, available here: https://bit.ly/38FN2AF.
Happy National Pad Thai Day, Mint Fanatics! We hope you celebrate it with us, in our stores or at home.
Stay safe and see you soon!