I used http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2007/01/pad_thai_for_be.html for pad thai. When I went to open the tamarind paste I was like "huh? ½ cup tomato paste 4. When hot, add chicken and fish sauce. *OR* 1 teaspoon each of Soy Sauce, White Vinegar and Tamarind Paste (if you add just a pinch of ground cloves and a dash of hot pepper sauce you've got a duplication of worcestershire sauce), 1 Cup Tomato Sauce +plus 1 teaspoon Vinegar +plus 1 Tablespoon Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Dry Mustard +plus 1 teaspoon Water +plus 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar +plus 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise +plus a pinch of Salt. I tried to pull it off but to no avail. bottled Turn drained noodles into pan. I was surprised to see ketchup as a substitution too but it's what he said in the recipe. You can make use of the tamarind block to make tamarind liquid which you can use for your pad thai. However, you may very well be able to find this at other Asian groceries. When I cleared out my pantry recently (prior to ripping out the kitchen floor) I found 3! A friend of mine threw out an almost full bottle of Red Boat fish sauce when he lost power, for the same reason, the label said to refrigerate it. This is supposed to be one of the best substitutes for tamarind paste. I want to use the tamarind, but realizing I buy & forget it, I wonder if I could mix w/ hot water, mush & strain it, then freeze icecubes of it? Stir-fry until cooked through, 5 min. I'm stunned that Bittman would suggest that. Finally, you may also combine together brown sugar and lime juice till you achieve the desired flavor to substitute tamarind in your recipe. Not sure why I stopped. Add to bowl with chicken. peanuts 2 Tbsp water 2.   Your link has been automatically embedded. 1/2 454-g pkg Clear editor. Add noodles, separating as you add. Though M. Bittman says you can substitute ketchup for tamarind, I was determined to make it with tamarind. 7 Slow Cooker Breakfast Recipes You Need In Your Life, 5 Easy Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Including Fondue Mac & Cheese, 38 Easy, Make-Ahead Holiday Appetizer Recipes. I guess I was expecting something like tomato paste. For example, egg salad and tuna salad are very different without real mayonnaise. The consistency of pomegranate molasses is a big part of what makes it an excellent substitute for tamarind paste as both of them bring moisture to a dish. It sounds to me that what you bought was actually a solid block of tamarind pulp and those 'almonds' are actually the tamarind seeds. I was so excited to make this dish as it has become a comfort food for me. It sounds like you bought the paste that still has seeds in it. Turn into a large bowl. You can replace the lemon juice with lime or apple cider vinegar if needed. I tried to pull it off but to no avail. Tamarind is very popular to use in a range of foods, as it can help to provide the food with a tart and fruity flavor. Stir-fry until shrimp are pink, 3 min. Mixing lime juice and brown sugar can seem simple, but it works well if you need to imitate the sweetness and tartness of tamarind. red 3 Tbsp lemon juice 3. Cut into small cubes. I resorted to ketchup. Now I'm craving Thai food. I've never found one that tastes acceptable. Pour fish sauce into a medium bowl. Okay so I didn't get Tamarind Paste/Concentrate. P some time ago. Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results. I'm glad to know they're still there - thanks. St. Joseph Communications uses cookies for personalization, to customize its online advertisements, and for other purposes. I then strain the liquid into a bowl and discard the undissolved pulp and seeds. Rakuten partners with thousands of stores to get you additional cash back on your purchases. What I do is take about 1/2 of a 14-oz block of tamarind and add 2.5 cups of hot water and allow it to sit for 10 minutes or so. Soak, stirring occasionally to separate noodles, just until tender to the bite, 15 to 22 min. FWIW, I buy my blocks 'o tamarind at the Thai Market in downtown silver spring across from the Safeway on Thayer (?