Saturday, November 29, 2008

Stir fry basil with beef. ( Pad Kra Prao Nua )


There are two kinds of basil that we use in Thai cooking. First is Thai basil (Horapa), and the second one is Holy basil(Kra Prao). Mostly, whenever the recipe is Pad Kra Prao, it is always the Holy Basil. But here, my home town in Canada, it is hard to find holy basil everyday. Mostly, I can find only Thai basil. So today, I used Thai basil instead :)

Stir-frying method is my favorite way of cooking because it's fast and helps keeping the freshness of the food. You can try stir fry basil with any thing your like such as, ground pork, shrimp, etc.

All you need is :

Beef (or anykind of meat)> desired amount
Basil leaves (fresh)
minced garlic
minced chili (increase if like hot)
vegetable oil
oyster sauce, fish sauce or soy sauce, and sugar
For vegetables, you can add onion, sweet pepper, etc. Sometimes I added onion, but I decrease the amount of sugar because the onion is already sweet.

Let's make it :

1. Prepare all the ingredients at hand.

2. Heat the oil in the pan. Fry garlic and chili in the oil and then add the meat. Don't wait for it to be yellow or it's going to burn when you cook the meat later.

3. When the meat is cooked, add vegetables if you prepared it.

4. Season with a little bit of oyster sauce, fish sauce (or soy sauce), and sugar. There is no exact portion here, you have to taste it. It should be a combination of salty and sweet. Add a little water at a time to prevent it from burning. If you don't like to add one seasoning at a time (because you have to do it quick), I suggest that you mix the sauce before start stir-frying. It's better that way.

5. When you like the taste, add basil leaves at the end. Stir a few more seconds and then serve.


Easy, isn't it! :)

Enjoy!

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