You may remember a few years ago, at the peak of the Iron Chef craze, there was a huge battle in New York between Bobby Flay and Iron Chef Morimoto. If you remember anything about the battle, you remember this: Bobby Flay disgraced himself and his country by STANDING ON THE CUTTING BOARD AT THE END OF THE MATCH.
Morimoto (rightly) called out Bobby Flay for this disrespectful display. Naturally, when Bobby Flay and Morimoto rematched in Kitchen Stadium, Bobby Flay did it again. Why? Because Bobby Flay is a DOUCHEBAG*.
Skip to 3:20 to see Bobby Flay disgrace himself in the New York battle, and 4:20 to watch Morimoto call him out.
1 cup palm sugar (and yes, I'm aware that is not palm sugar, but at least I didn't use any SOY SAUCE)
1 cup water
1/2 cup fish sauce
2 teaspoons salt
Huh, is there any soy sauce in that recipe, Bobby Flay? Do you see any soy sauce in thai cooking, Bobby Flay? Or do you just assume that because it is oriental, it uses soy sauce, BECAUSE THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE TO YOU?
This is going to make more sauce than you will use in a single preparation of pad thai. Instead, you will make extra, and you can refrigerate it to use for later (which is good, because it takes time to make it right).
Listen: if you can find tamarind juice, then bully for you, okay? But I couldn't find it. I could only find concentrate. To prepare a cup of tamarind juice, add water to the concentrate as indicated on the container, and then strain the pulp out. You must remove the pulp. REMOVE IT. I strained it out with a paper towel, and pretty much all of my patience.
Just so you know I'm serious. Combine all the ingredients in a pan, and simmer for about an hour. You are cooking it down until you get a syrupy mixture. NOTE: It will not actually get syrupy while it is still hot. If you have cooked it right, put it in the fridge, and when you take it out next time, it'll be properly syrupy.
That's it for now - look for part 2 tomorrow (the thrilling conclusion!)
*This article originally incorrectly
stated that the Kitchen Stadium battle happened first. The New York
battle actually occured first.
**This article also originally stated that Bobby Flay lost both
matches. That was my memory of the event, because he should have lost.
Next time I'll do more research ahead of time.