Laad Na (also known as lard na) is an extremely common dish in Thailand and is available pretty much everywhere you go. It consists of noodles covered in a thick gravy sauce and various stir fried vegetables. It is served mild, along with an array of condiments enabling you to finish the flavours to fit your own preference. This is an extremely tasty dish and is popular with foreigners due to its mildness and rich savoury flavour. We have served ours with broccoli including the stems – just make sure you peel the stems first!
Laad na is made with wide and flat rice noodles, along with your choice of either pork, chicken, beef, seafood or tofu, making it extremely versatile and a good match for all tastes and preferences. For condiments, ensure that you have crushed dried chillies for spice, lime juice for sourness, fish sauce for saltiness, and sugar for sweetness. These are commonly used to adjust the flavours to suit individual preferences.
Step 1: Soak 150g of dried rice noodles in warm water for about 15 minutes, making sure that all of the noodles are covered by water.
Step 2: Thinly slice 300g of pork as shown here, and place into a mixing bowl.
Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon of corn flour, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the bowl and mix in with the pork until all the pork is completely covered in marinade. Leave to marinate for 40 minutes.
Step 4: Add 1 pork stock cube to 1 cup of boiling water, and stir until the cube is dissolved.
Step 5: In a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup of cold water with 1 tbsp of corn flour and stir until the corn flour has thoroughly mixed with the water.
Step 6: heat 2 tbsp of cooking oil in a pan or wok on a high heat. By now your dried rice noodles should have been soaking for about 15 minutes – drain the noodles and add them to the pan and add 3 tbsp of dark soy sauce. Fry the noodles for about 5 minutes until they are cooked, then place the noodles in a bowl.
Step 7: Heat 2 more tbsp of cooking oil in a pan or wok on a high heat, and add 2 chopped garlic cloves to the pan, along with 300g of thinly sliced pork, and stir fry.
Step 8: Once the pork is half cooked, add 100g of corn, 100g of carrot, and 100g of broccoli, and fry until the vegetables soften. Then add the pork stock that we prepared earlier, along with the corn flour that we mixed with water, 1 tbsp of salted soybeans, 1 tbsp of fish sauce, and 1/2 tbsp of sugar. Stir fry everything for about 5 minutes, then serve!
Step 9: To serve, pour a portion of noodles onto a plate, and spoon some of the pork in gravy sauce over the noodles. Serve with the condiments of your choice, including fish sauce, crushed dried chilli, sugar, lime juice, pepper or chilli vinegar.
We hope you enjoyed this recipe, please give it a try, these noodles are delicious! What is your favourite noodle dish? Let us know in the comments below!
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