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A Brief History of Pad Thai

Pad Thai, formerly called ‘fried noodles’, originated during World War II. Field Marshall P. Phibunsongkhram, the prime minister of Thailand at the time, was promoting Thai nationalism; he attempted to initiate a national recipe. But rice was expensive at the time, so it was widely replaced with noodles. With a combination of local ingredients, a kind of fried noodles that tasted deliciously familiar was born and quickly became domestically popular. Thus, it has been called “Pad Thai” since.

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