An easy recipe for vegetarian pad Thai inspired noodles with halloumi cheese! Using all supermarket staple ingredients, this spin on pad thai is bursting with flavor and makes for a healthy weeknight dinner. The addition of fried halloumi ensures that no one misses the meat in this veggie version!
Well, hello big bowl of noodle heaven!
Today I present you with a vegetarian pad Thai with… halloumi cheese.
Yes, halloumi again. It’s been a while since I posted a halloumi recipe, and there was a time when I thought I was over-doing it, but they are consistently my most popular recipes soooo, let’s just go all in and add it to everything we can think of.
I’m glad we’re all on the same page here.
An Easy Vegetarian Pad Thai
So what I love about this pad Thai recipe is that it’s very accessible and uses supermarket staple ingredients. You will not be running around specialist grocers looking for your ingredients.
But obviously there’s a trade off to that, and it is decidedly NOT authentic, and I am not trying to pass it off as anything other than that.
Think of it as a fusion noodle dish inspired by pad Thai. It will hit the spot if pad Thai is what you’re craving.
So let’s discuss how it works.
How to make Vegetarian Pad Thai (without fish sauce)
Pad Thai would usually contain fish sauce, which is no good for the vegetarians among us.
Sadly many recipes claiming to be vegetarian are meatless but still contain fish sauce, which makes it pescatarian pad Thai, not vegetarian. Come on, guys, words matter!
Anyway, this recipe contains no fish sauce, and uses dark soy sauce as a replacement. Yay!
Strike one against it’s authenticity.
How to make Pad Thai without Tamarind
So tamarind is a great ingredient for Thai cooking, but I just never have any to hand. You may not either. So this recipe doesn’t use any.
Instead, we use a combination of lime juice, brown sugar and ketchup (yes, ketchup, not sorry) to recreate the sweet and sour vibe.
I think we can agree that we’ve gone very rogue at this point.
So why stop there? Let’s add some Cypriot cheese and call it a day!
Asian Style Halloumi? Have we gone too far?
Yeah, adding halloumi cheese to Asian food seems weird but… just try it!
Tofu is the more obvious choice for stir fried noodle dishes, and feel free to make that swap, but I like the halloumi in this recipe soooo much. It’s rich and salty and just feels like such a treat.
How to make it
So, this can be a nice 20 minute dinner in theory, but it takes a little timing know-how.
You’ll need to chop your veggies and halloumi and prep your sauce. Then get the noodles cooking while you start off the stir frying.
Then once the noodles are ready you’ll add them to the wok…
Add the sauce, cook until it’s bubbling.
Add some toppings, and away you go!
And it’s really much easier when you don’t have to keep taking it off the heat to take photos.
Love Halloumi Recipes?
Well, me too. I put halloumi in everything. So feel free to check out my full collection of halloumi recipes which includes various gems like Bruschetta Halloumi, Halloumi Fajitas, Halloumi Pasta and even a Butter Halloumi Curry.