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The first time I cooked a bowl of curry was the first time I had tasted a bowl of curry. When eating Thai food at home and, well, in Thailand, I had always avoided curries. I assumed they were too hot. I assumed they were too spicy. I assumed, I guess, that I wouldn't like the flavor. I'd instead opt, always, for a big plate of noodles or a stir fry. Give me pad thai. Give me pad see-ew. Give me cashew chicken. But never curry. My first time traveling in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I took a Thai cooking class. At...

I learned to make this pad thai recipe at a cooking class in Chiang Mai. When traveling in Thailand, I'd often get these Thai fried noodles from street stalls, night markets, and even hostel restaurants. At home, pad thai is a frequent favorite in my GrubHub delivery cart. Pad Thai is a popular street food in Thailand with soft noodles and chewy tofu (and sometimes chicken or shrimp) coated in a sweet palm sugar and tamarind-based sauce balanced out with the hit of acidity and tartness from a squeeze of lime. There's crunch from a sprinkling of peanuts and, traditionally, bean...