Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed

lobster pad thai elegant-style, lobster tail

Broiled Lobster Tail with Chili Glaze
Rice Noodles, Spicy Pad Thai Sauce
Sunny-Side-Up Quail Eggs, Garlic Chives and Blossoms, Mung Bean Sprouts
Chopped Peanuts, Thai Red Chili, Cilantro, Lime Wedges

Lobster Pad Thai Deconstructed is the second in a series of distinctive Pad Thai dishes having special qualities, ingredients, or plating style ~ it’s Pad Thai with a twist…

One of Thailand’s most popular dishes is commonly made with stir-fried rice noodles, eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chili pepper, bean sprouts, garlic chives, garlic, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, crushed peanuts, coriander and lime ~ the Taste With The Eyes Pad Thai Series incorporates all or most of these ingredients into delicious recipes with unique flair!

chili glazed lobster tail

Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed ~ The Recipe

chili glazed lobster tail

Pad Thai Chili Sauce:

  • 2/3 c. chili sauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. lime juice
  • 2 T. fish sauce
  • 1 T. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 t. grated ginger
  • 1 t. Thai chili, seeded & finely chopped

Combine ingredients in a bowl, set aside.

Lobster tails, 3 oz. each, thawed:  Slice the shell down the center leaving the meat still attached at the base, taking care not to cut through the meat. Pry the tail open and lift the lobster meat up out of the shell. Close the shell and place the lobster meat on top of the shell. Brush with chili sauce. Place under the broiler set on high heat until the lobster is cooked through, taking care not to overcook. Brush the cooked lobster with a bit more sauce.

garlic chives in garden, garlic chives pad thai

Garlic Chives (Allium tuberosum):

I grow garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives or Bai Gui-chai in Thai, for the leaves as well as the flowers. Their upright grassy foliage and snowball-like flower stems make attractive edging in the garden, too. To harvest, cut the leaves from the base of the plant. Slice garlic chive leaves into 3″ to 4″ pieces. Sauté in a small amount of olive oil until tender. Pluck the tiny white star-shaped flowers from the globe. Set aside.

pad thai noodle recipe

Pad Thai Noodles:

Heat a small amount of oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok. Add cooked/rinsed/drained Thai rice noodles plus some bean sprouts and chili sauce to coat. Toss gently and heat through.

Place small mounds of the noodle mixture on a plate. Weave garlic chives and a few fresh bean sprouts into the mounds. Top with cilantro leaves and chive blossoms.

chili flower

To make a chili flower: Slice a Thai chili lengthwise, leaving the strips attached at the stem. Place in a bowl with ice cubes and water then let sit until the ends start to curl.

sunny side up quail egg

Fry quail eggs in a non-stick pan with a bit of olive oil.

how to make elegant pad thai
Place the lobster tail in the middle of the noodle mounds and place three sunny-side-up quail eggs around the lobster. Finish the dish with chopped peanuts and dots of the chili sauce. Serve with lime wedges and a Thai chili flower.

Taste With The Eyes Pad Thai Series:

#1  Shrimp Pad Thai & The Shrimp Plant
#2 Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed
#3  Chicken Pad Thai, Korean Style

14 thoughts on “Lobster Pad Thai ~ Deconstructed”

  1. Such a gorgeous, gourmet, restaurant worthy dish! The garlic chives and chili flowers are such beautiful garnishes, too. My mom taught us how to make curly veggies with carrots and celery sticks…but I’ll have to try with a chili pepper now 🙂

    PS…that little pitcher is from a set by Juliska…and that’s my favorite of the 3.

  2. Restaurant-worthy, indeed — and they would charge a pretty penny for a dish like this!!

    Love the herb flowers and spice levels that are present in your dishes.

    Well done, LL!

  3. If I served this for dinner, I’d feel very proud of myself ~ it looks exquisite and I’m betting it tastes likewise. The garlic chive flowers add a beautiful finishing touch. Have a great weekend, LL!

  4. Garlic chives are one of the tastiest and most fun herbs I enjoy in my cooking! Cannot wait for the late summer months to decorate my salades composee with the flowers. But have to admit to cutting the yearlong chives themselves into much more finely: use them in absolutely everything instead of ordinary chives for heaps more taste!!

  5. I would have a hard time eating this if it were set in front of me! It’s way to beautiful to eat- NOT! I would definitely eat it. I always order Pad Thai at a Thai restaurant so I thank you for sharing the pad Thai sauce along with this great dish! Absolutely beautiful!

  6. Exquisite indeed! This dish sings, LL – love every special touch: the lobster, quail egg, chile flower, and garlic chive flowers. I miss my garden so much – this summer has been chaotic, but I must get some herbs growing in pots soon.

  7. There is no post that you let down your readers, LL. Thank you for giving such high quality dishes and post every time. I cannot believe this blog post/recipe is free, especially your posts!!! Enjoyed looking at your photos and learning but one thing missing – the most important part, EATING!! Very impressive dish!

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