I call this incredibly delicious and beautiful dish the “creamy sister of pad thai.” Mee gati shares many of the same ingredients as pad thai, but is truly unique in that it has a rich coconut gravy poured over the pink-tinted noodles! The thread-thin rice noodles are enriched by coconut milk and tinted an iconic pink colour by red bean curd.
And that gravy…my oh my…there’s nothing quite like it—somehow its flavour is reminiscent of peanut sauce…but there are no peanuts in it!! That’s right! The combination of “tao jiew” and coconut milk magically takes on the characteristics of peanuts after being simmered together, so if you’re allergic to peanuts, but want to experience what peanut sauce tastes like, this is the dish to try.
Oh, did I mention there is no fish sauce in this dish? No fish sauce?!?! Had to happen eventually 😉 Enjoy!
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Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant is the author of the Hot Thai Kitchen cookbook, co-host of a Canadian TV series One World Kitchen on Gusto TV, and creator and host of the YouTube channel Pailin’s Kitchen.
Pai was born and raised in southern Thailand where she spent much of her “playtime” in the kitchen. She traveled to Canada to study Nutritional Sciences at the University of British Columbia, and was later trained as a chef at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in San Francisco.
After working in both Western and Thai professional kitchens, she decided that her passion really lies in educating and empowering others to cook at home via YouTube videos, her cookbook, and cooking classes. She currently lives in Vancouver, and goes to Thailand every year to visit her family. Visit her at