Spicy Pad Thai

This chile pepper gets its name from its origin. In Spanish, serrano is an adjective meaning “from the mountains” which is where it originated-in the mountains of Hildalgo, Mexico. The serrano is normally about twice as hot as Jalapeno (about 10,000 to 15,000 Scoville units).It is the second most popular chile pepper in Mexico. This chile is used mostly for salsas but can also be used in soups, sauces, chili or stews.Try these as a hotter substitute for Jalapeno.

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Yields 4 Servings


  • 8 oz pad thai rice noodles
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 large Serrano or jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced, seeds and all
  • 12 oz firm tofu, but in bite sized cubes
  • 1/2 large zucchini, grated
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • a large handful freshly chopped cilantro (reserve extra for garnish)
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (for garnish)
for the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp fish sauce (substitute more soy for vegan and vegetarian)
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce


  1. Immerse the noodles in a bowl of hot water and soak for 8 to 10 minutes until softened. (Check the directions on the package of your specific noodles, they may require slightly more time) Drain and set aside.
  2. Mix the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan or wok, and saute the garlic, ginger and pepper for a minute or two. Add the tofu and zucchini and saute for another few minutes.
  4. Make a space in the pan to scramble the eggs by pushing aside the tofu and zucchini mixture. Add a little more oil, and the beaten eggs. Cook, stirring, until the egg is cooked.
  5. Add the sauce and the noodles into the pan and toss everything well. Make sure all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together. Finally, toss in the cilantro, bean sprouts and scallions and heat everything through.
  6. Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold, garnished with the peanuts, more cilantro, and lime wedges.

Recipe from The View From Great Island, 2013