Pretty darn good!
I reviewed this before but have more experience now so I hope this is more useful the second time around, from a person who loves flavor and carrying as little as possible.
Consider using this as a main meal and bringing dehydrated soup fixings for an appetizer. You can easily stretch this one into a 3 person meal with some soup and snack/dessert options.
Excellent for short weekend jaunts and car camping. Consider alternatives for long treks and "ultra light" goings on.
Taste: excellent considering it is from a package. You can adjust the main flavors (peanut and heat). Less peanut flavor, add less peanut butter and crushed peanuts. If you like heat, bring an extra pepper flake package from your favorite pizza place. No other flavors besides that to change. Feel free to bring your choice of seasonings to tweak.
Package size: Large, and cannot be crunched down too much to make it useful as ultralight goods. Break the noodles all you want, you will still need some space unless you go to noodle dust, but then it is "pad thai mush." Still tastes the same, tho. Same with weight. You drop weight you lose calories and flavor.
An all around winner for those who love a range of flavors on the trail, and are willing to carry a bit of weight, go for it.
Pretty good but a challenge to prepare
First some responses to the other reviews. Yes, the noodles are a bit too crunchy if you do not ensure that everything is well submerged in boiling water. That is a bit of a challenge. A pair of full length chopsticks and a little patient work will do that trick. It's also a bit of a challenge to mix it up properly after it's been cooked. I had to pour it all out into a big bowl to mix up. And then pouring is difficult because there's lots of goodies that get stuck to the bottom of the bag. A good long spoon will get them.
The flavor is a bit strong. A good handful of fresh bean sprouts helped a lot. A bit of good chili sauce and a decent table wine complete the trick.
The flavor seems okay but for some reason, I refuse to eat more than one serving of this at a single sitting. I craved for m&m's afterwards for some reason.
Good meal, but only for one person
I bought this meal for a two night backpacking trip, and I was very satisfied with it. Some of the comments about the meal lacking flavor are strange, because mine tasted great and had lots of flavor. The meal is light weight, and easy to prepare, just add boiling water. Many of the calories come from the peanut butter, which is not actually a traditional ingredient in Pad Thai. Traditional Pad Thai dishes use tamarind paste, but peanut butter has become a substitute in western dishes. Also, the pack is supposed to feed two people, but I was able to eat an entire pack by myself, and I was still a little hungry.
Overall, a good meal, just be prepared to finish it yourself.
Delicious and easy
I disagree with some of the other reviews. I have tried ALOT of freeze dried food, and this is probably my favorite meal. It tastes delicious, isn't as ridiculously high in sodium as most meals, and is satisfying to eat after a long day. Every trip i take i include one meal of this. It is as easy as any meal to prepare, add water. Since peanut butter is most of the sauce, it is important to mix it, i just squeeze the bag up and down for 5 minutes during cooking. Despite being vegetarian, it has plenty of protein thanks to the peanut butter and peanuts. One of my favorites
Good taste for what this offers
Flavorful for a freeze dried meal, but lacks a certain something to make it authentic, but for camping freeze dry food, not a bad meal.
Seems to need a bit of spice to finish flavor. Working on best combo, maybe pepper flakes. 5 stars if better flavor.
Prep time is a bit long, maybe 15 min plus, but tolerable. A bit watery if prep'd per instructions, maybe use a little bit less water.
Full meal and then some for solo, better for two and a desert on side.
Will be eating again.
Man this stuff is good. Really good flavor and I found it very filling. As a vegetarian, I always look for meals with a lot of protein, and this one is awesome! Also, because of the peanuts and rice noodles, this meal has really good texture (not mushy). A friend of mine turned me on to it. She's gluten free, and has Pad Thai on pretty much every trip we go on. It's a winner!
If you like Thai, this is your dinner
If you like Thai food, you'll love this. It is the best dehydrated dinner I have found yet, I think it is fantastic. It is higher in calories (410 per serving, I think, two servings per bag), which I like because I hate those tiny meals in bags. It is very flavorful and has a little kick. Thai is my favorite food, and if you second that emotion this is your trail grub.
That's just crazy, this stuff tasted great, I could've eaten the whole bag easily, but I must share with my lady. you HAVE to stir it constantly, she pointed that out and she was totally right. This was her first dehydrated meal and she liked it a lot, If I hadn't forgotten my spice rack, I could've thrown some salt in to this to help it out. Would buy again!
Good Pad Thai on the AT!
After a long day of hiking on the AT we settled into camp and I got to work making myself dinner. It took a little bit of time to prep compared to my hiking buddies who had canned soup and MREs but I'm sure I had the best tasting meal of the day. I was very hungry and could barely finish the whole meal even though it was delicious.
Thai on the Go
This product gives a bit of spice to the normal camp dinner. You do have to do slightly more work than add water shake and let sit. However the little extra effort is worth it and you almost feel like your really cooking on the trail. Great taste and a break from the hum drum pasta and chicken dishes night after night after night.