Put the noodles in
hot water for half a hour. Stir fry the red peppers and the garlic for
2 minutes, add the tofu and the bean sprouts and stir fry 5 minutes
more. Drain the noodles and add them; stir fry three minutes. Mix the
fish sauce with the tamarind and stir that through the noodles; stir
in the eggs as well. Add salt to taste. Spoon the noodles on plates
and sprinkle the green onions and the nuts on top.
Pad Thai is actually a "phony Thai recipe". It was introduced by the
Chinese immigrants in the 20th century. After the Second World War,
the government tried to create employment by boosting noodle production
and noodle shop opening. The ethnic Chinese immediately took up
this opportunity and added a noodle dish to their list with flavors,
liked by Thai: Pad Thai (Thai style stir fried noodles). Pad Thai is
very popular in the United States, where they use tomato ketchup in
the sauce, thus creating their own "Pad American".