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Onboard Holland America Line

Make Your Own Takeout

To create authentic-tasting versions of takeout favorites like pad thai and scallion pancakes for the home cook, we substituted hard-to-find ingredients like palm sugar and preserved daikon with pantry staples and a little know-how. We showed you how to organize your prep for homemade pad thai that cooks in less than 30 minutes. Once you have the ingredients ready to go, everything comes together easily and with bright, bold flavors. Then we rolled, shaped, and fried a simple dough into crisp, layered scallion pancakes. We made the pancakes in a cast iron skillet and talked about why we love the heat retention of these classic pans; we also shared some tips for keeping your cast iron pan in tip-top shape.

Download the handout we used for this course onboard your Holland America cruise [PDF].


Everyday Pad Thai

To create a truly authentic version of pad thai with distinct sweet, sour, and salty flavors and a mix of textures, it is necessary to source hard-to-find ingredients like preserved daikon, palm sugar, and dried shrimp. We wanted to develop a recipe that maintained the integrity of the dish while using accessible ingredients.


Scallion Pancakes

The best scallion pancakes are crispy and browned on the outside and multilayered and delicately chewy inside.