Monday, February 25, 2008

Pad Krapow

I found this recipe while browsing online the other day. As soon as I saw the words "chili peppers", "basil", "Thai", and "chicken", I was hooked. I am pretty much IN LOVE with all spicy Thai dishes, bonus for anything with basil and chicken. The best thing about this recipe is that all the ingredients are readily available at any Asian grocery stores. Especially better for me because I have them all in my pantry already.

The results? Lets just say I would actually FEED this to people other than Luke. I hope you give it a try too!

Pad Krapow (Thai Chicken Basil Stirfry)

-6 cloves garlic, crushed
-2-4 thai chili peppers (or 1-2 serrano peppers), crushed
-1/4 c cooking oil
-1 1/2 to 2 lbs chicken meat (or tofu), sliced into bite sized pieces*
-3 tbsp oyster sauce
-2 tbsp fish sauce
-1 teaspoon sugar
-1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
-2 cups fresh sweet basil leaves
-cilantro (for garnish)
-1 sliced cucumber (to serve on side)

1. Heat oil in deep pan or wok over high heat until smoking.
2. Add crushed garlic and chili peppers, stir quickly once and immediately add sliced chicken meat or tofu. Stir.
3. Add oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar, and stir fry until chicken is cooked through (or tofu is heated through) about 8 minutes.
4. Stir in bell peppers for 30 seconds and turn heat off.
5. Add basil leaves, stir, and serve hot with jasmine rice , cucumber and cilantro on the side.

*I coat the chicken with corn starch to make the meat more tender

5 comments:

  1. You know how when you're at a restaurant and the dish you just had kicked so much ass you wanted to get more, but you didn't because...well, you'd look like a pig and you'd have to pay again. No fear my friends, this dish that Joyce whipped up takes care of all that. You see, with this, you can pig out all you want because this dish really is THAT good. She had made some "Thai chicky" stuff before and I ate it all, but seriously folks, this was the ultimate shiznitz of Thai dinners. It was like, my mouth was in Thailand, but my ass was still sitting at home. Strange, I know, but it's true.

    Yes please, add this to the menu. Thank you for your cooperation. Have a good day. ^-^

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  2. I'll definitely try this. Looks so easy and tasty. Is that the anthropologies plate you got? :)

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  3. hmm, I tried this. It's saltier than I expected. I thought the fish sauce would be sweeter like at Pho75. Maybe I need to buy another brand.

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  4. Yi-Ju,
    Sorry to hear that it was saltier than you expected! I use the Squid brand if it helps you any. Maybe next time just add 1 ts? Personally, I didn't even use measurements. I just eyeballed it and it tasted just fine to me.

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