Summer Pad Thai with California Prunes

Makes: 4Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 10 minutes


  • 250g Dried Noodles (soaked in boiling water)
  • 20 California Prunes, chopped
  • Spring onions
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 thumb of Ginger
  • 1 Red onion sliced
  • 50ml Light soy sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 1 Bunch of spring onions
  • 75g Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 Cucumber (seeds removed and sliced)
  • 1 lime cut in half
  • 1 extra Lime (cut into wedges for the noodles)
  • 150g Bean sprouts


  1. Firstly, place the noodles into a large mixing bowl, cover with boiling water and leave to soak for 10 minutes until soft.
  2. Chop the California Prunes, then pre heat your wok.
  3. Crack the garlic clove before chopping it finely.
  4. Peel and chop the ginger into match sized sticks.
  5. Add the oil to the heated wok, then scatter in the ginger and garlic.
  6. Add the sliced red onions and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.
  7. Put the chopped California Prunes into the wok followed by the light soy sauce and oyster sauce.
  8. Turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes.
  9. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of water from the noodles into the wok.
  10. Scatter in the chopped spring onions.
  11. Cut the cucumber in half long ways and remove the seeds using a teaspoon, then chop into 1/2cm slices ready for the wok.
  12. Cut one of the limes in half and squeeze over the cucumber to give it a light pickle.
  13. Turn the heat down on the wok and lift the noodles out of the boiling water and into the wok.
  14. Stir the noodles together, then add the bean sprouts, spring onions and cucumber.
  15. Remove from the heat and serve with wedges of lime.
  16. Serve the noodles up and top with chopped cashew nuts.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.