Saturday, October 7, 2017

Recipe: Stir Fried Beef with Thai Basil Leaves

It's been a while since I cooked something Thai in my kitchen, so I flipped through "a little taste of Thailand" cookbook that I have and found this recipe for Beef with Thai basil leaves. Perfect, I thought - I conveniently have a piece of beef in the fridge and plentiful Thai basil leaves growing in the garden.

The beauty of this recipe is that it takes less than 5 minutes of prep work and just 5 minutes to cook. That's about the same amount of time it took me to cook the rice and fry an egg each for Hubby and I. And voila - lunch is served!

The beef was tender and flavorful, with hints of spiciness coming from the chilli and the Thai basil leaves lends a lovely aroma to the dish. Loved this- will definitely be cooking this again! An easy and quick dish for a weekday dinner or quick lunch.

Beef with Thai basil leaves
Recipe by Baby Sumo, adapted from a little taste of Thailand
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes
Serves 2

250g sirloin or striploin steak, finely sliced
1 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and cut into thin wedges
1 large handful Thai basil leaves
2 cili padi / bird's eye chilli, lightly crushed with the side of your knife
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp water
1/4 tsp sugar

1. In a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, oyster sauce, water and sugar. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in wok over high heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 1/2 minutes, until lightly golden. Add the beef, onion and chilli, and stir fry for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, until meat is cooked.

3. Add the sauce from Step 1 as well as the Thai basil, and cook for another 30 seconds until the basil begins to wilt.

4. Serve with rice.

Thai-style stir fried beef

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1 comment:

  1. I have a lot of these leaves in my garden. Great with any meat - a popular dish at a Thai restaurant here, they cook with chicken. I love these leaves in salad too, pomelo salad, for instance. Very fragrant!


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