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Gordon Ramsay’s Pad Thai Gets Ripped By Thai Chef [WATCH]

French chef Eric Ripert told ABC News, Wednesday, that he is not a fan of shows where chefs such as Gordon Ramsay yell and create a hostile work environment. While not naming Ramsay, specifically, he did say:

We shouldn’t be proud of chefs who are screaming in the kitchen and I’m always thinking of that TV show, Hell’s Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares, that promote this behavior of screaming at people, insulting them and humiliating them.”

That got us to thinking, while Ramsay has created a reputation for ripping people in his kitchens, has he himself ever been ripped?

Lo and behold, back in 2009, there was an episode of the F-Word, where Gordon cooked his heart out, and still failed in the eyes of executive chef of The Blue Elephant, referred to on the episode as “Chang,” who was helping Ramsay.

It’s not very often we get to see Gordon Ramsay struggle in the kitchen, mostly because his shows are edited that way, but by the time the fiery chef was done with his Pad Thai dish, he was hit with a rude:

“This is not Pad Thai at all,” Chef Chang admonished. “Pad Thai has to be sweet, sour, and salty.”

Gordon then tried to save himself by saying the dish tastes pretty good, but Chef Chang didn’t backpeddle one bit, responding with, “… for you, but not for me.”

The dude was straight savage with Ramsay, showing that even the great Michelin-starred chef has been ripped for his cooking.

Even then, Chang didn’t yell at Ramsay, which left room for constructive criticism, something Ramsay could probably express a little better in his shows.

Peep the vid below:


Gratuitous Food Porn: Thai Food Edition


This fall, cozy up with a different kind of spice. Simultaneously prismatic and comforting, Thai is one Asian cuisine which, despite its ubiquity, hasn’t gone completely the way of Panda Express. Which is amazing. Best served family-style, these eats are meant to be enjoyed either in a dimly lit, family-owned restaurant, or made in your own kitchen. From the sore throat-healing sour soup tom yum to the wildly under-appreciated pad thai alternative, pad see ew, it’s time you rested your eyes on some of the world’s prettiest and most nuanced dishes. We bet you’ll soon feel all warm and fuzzy.


Thai Beef Salad


Recipe: Strands of My Life


Pad Thai Soup


Recipe: Domestic Fits


Chicken Pad Thai


Recipe: Jo Cooks


Thai Shrimp Rolls


Recipe: Fine Dining Lovers


Cashew Chicken with Thai Chili Plum Sauce


Recipe: Chow Divine


Thai Red Prawn Curry


Recipe: Strands of My Life


Thai Red Curry Mussels


Recipe: Kitchn


Thai Green Curry with Sugar Snaps, Asparagus & Broccolini


Recipe: Fuss Free Cooking


Thai Red Curry with Vegetables and Coconut Milk


Recipe: Spicie Foodie


Thai Coconut Beef in Crispy Wonton Cups


Recipe: The Endless Meal


Thai Curry Chicken Noodle Soup


Recipe: Foxes Love Lemons


Grilled Prawns with Kaffir Lime Dressing


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Tom Yum Goong


Recipe: Beyond Kimchee


Pork-Stuffed Squash Blossoms


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Thai Style Duck and Green Papaya Salad


Recipe: Cherry on My Sundae


Beef Curry with Pumpkin


Recipe: Rasamalaysia


Thai Green Curry and Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl


Recipe: A House in the Hills


Sweet and Sour Sticky Thai Boneless Oven-Baked Chicken Wings


Recipe: Half Baked Harvest


Thai Shrimp and Pineapple Curry


Recipe: Rasamalaysia


Larb Gai Thai Chicken Salad


Recipe: Yum Sugar


Shrimp Larb


Recipe: Oui Chef Network


Tom Kha Gai


Recipe: Pinch & Swirl


Thai Tea Arnold Palmer

Recipe: Foodbeast


Lamb Massaman Curry


Recipe: Sugaretal


Thai Crab Fried Rice


Recipe: All Things Nice


Thai Creamy Chicken Soup


Recipe: Smoky Wok


Tom Yum Gai


Recipe: Closet Cooking


Tom Yum Goong


Recipe: Rachel Cooks Thai


Pad See Ew


Recipe: Dorsey Kitchen


Mango Sticky Rice Parfaits


Recipe: Bittersweet Blog


H/T Tasteologie, Tastespotting


Here’s How to Make a Pad Thai Martini

Here’s the thing, I never really expected to find this recipe. Even as I was typing the words into Google, they never felt like a real thing. But as you can tell, here it is: the recipe for a Pad Thai Martini. And here we go.

The original recipe, courtesy of Ryan Patti over at Ceci n’est pas une martini, called for this weird Asian rice and peanut beverage, similar, it seems, to milk tea. But when my local H Mart failed to provide, I had the brilliant idea of switching out the “peanut” part with a can of Thai tea and a spoonful of Thai peanut satay sauce. Which resulted in our version ending up more like alcoholic curry sauce than an actual cocktail.

If you do manage to find the elusive concoction, however, the recipe below should get you the desired effect—which I can only assume is sweet yet savory liquid Thai heaven in a glass. Or, if you don’t find it, you can always try using regular rice punch + peanut rum instead of vodka. Or you can try infusing your rice drink with regular whole peanuts. Feel free to experiment and let us know what works (or doesn’t work) in the comments below!

In any case, just remember that at the end of the day, you’re still trying to make a Pad Thai Martini, and you deserve any and all the consequences that go along with that.

Pad Thai Martini


  • Vodka (we used Hangar One Mandarin Blossom)
  • Chiao Kuo Rice and Peanut Beverage
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Pepper Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 inch ginger
  • Salt and pepper

1. To garnish, grill (or thaw) 1 shrimp and skewer it with a cube of extra-firm tofu and a small lime wedge. Chill. Set aside.

2. Start the martini mixture by placing the ginger, lime, soy sauce and sesame oil in the bottom of the shaker. A few cranks of salt and pepper will suffice. Muddle. Add the vodka and peanut/rice drink. Shake, pour, garnish.

The genius of this martini is in the canned peanut/rice drink. The short list of water, sugar, fried peanuts and starch, ensures the drink is uncomplicated. The lime, shrimp, tofu and seasonings all work together to create the flavor of traditional Pad Thai.

Original recipe credit: Ryan Patti / Ceci n’est pas une martini


Wholesome Choice: Irvine

If you’ve been reading our publication for a decent amount of time, you might have stumbled across us some of our adventures where we headed to Wholesome Choice in Irvine, CA. Everytime is better than the last, and the reason we keep writing about it and bringing it up is because we get something different every time we go. This time around, we were asked to stop taking pictures while inside their establishment. Intrigued? Of course we kept taking pictures, find out more after the jump: