Pad Thai- Backpacker's Pantry

Quick Notes:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 2 servings / Package
  • 460 Calories / Serving
  • 18 grams of protein / Serving
  • $7.50 / Package
  • 8 oz trail weight
  • Sweet and Spicy Peanut Sauce and Great Texture

Backpacking food has a bad reputation. Often considered tasteless, salty, and unappetizing, it can be hard to find a prepackaged meal that won't disappoint after a long day of backcountry bliss. 

We sampled Backpacker's Pantry Pad Thai on a recent jaunt to the Sierras. This was hands down one of my favorite backpacking meals I've ever had. It is Vegan, Gluten Free, and the package has 920 calories, making it a perfect meal for two. 

This dish required a little more preparation than a typical backpacking meal. Inside the bag there is a package of peanut butter and peanuts to mix in with the boiling water. Adding the peanut butter makes the sauce thick and creamy. The noodles take a while to cook, definitely pay attention to the cooking time in the directions, including the elevation instructions. 

The meal only requires boiling water. I also like to use a long handled spoon for mixing the water with the food. It helps keep you hand cleaner, and makes it easier to mix thoroughly. 

Honestly we were very impressed by this meal. It tasted so good, had great texture and was very filling. There was a hint of spice, and a hint of sweetness to the sauce. It also had a great amount of protein. This is definitely going to be a go-to meal for trips in the future! 

We were lucky with this meal. Bear decided he wanted to carry in a bottle of wine for this trip, so I can personally confirm that it pairs excellently with a $10 bottle of red from Trader Joes.