It is one of Thailand’s most well-liked dishes. Steamed rice and a nicely fried sunny side up egg go well with this dish. Also ideal to add on fresh vegetable salad. The ideal quick comfort food is this spicy stir fry made with ground pork, basil, chilies, and garlic. You may also use ground beef and add some “sitaw” or long green beans if you want more veggies. If you’re curious on the flavor, Thai basil leaves has a slight licorice flavor and somewhat peppery. It’s really aromatic while I’m cooking it..
Don’t have Thai Basil? Substitute with any veggies! Dahon ng Sili, Any basil leaves, or sitaw..still delicious with other vegetables!
Thai Minced Pork with Basil
300g minced/ground Pork
15-20 pcs peppery Holy Basil Leaves (or Thai Sweet Basil if Holy Basil is not available, but they are not the same in taste)
3 cloves Garlic
2 Shallots or Lasona (or Onions)
1-3 Chilies, to taste
For the Seasoning:
1 ½ tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 tsp Fish Sauce
1 tsp Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap Manis)
1 tsp Brown Sugar
2 tbsp Water
Fried Eggs, on the side
Fresh cucumber slices + tomatoes, on the side
Slice the shallots. When it comes to the chili and garlic, just mash them together in a mortar and pestle to create a paste that would be especially hot because the seeds had all been crushed. You may also just mince the garlic and cut the chili if you’d like.
For the Seasoning: In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Get ready for use shortly.
In a pan, heat some oil, sauté shallots and garlic-chili paste (so it will release their lovely flavors and aromas). Add minced pork, give it a minute or two to simmer in the pan. You’ll discover that breaking them down is simpler once they’ve been slightly cooked. Just make sure there aren’t any large chunks of minced pork and stir thoroughly.
Now add the “Seasoning sauce” and thoroughly whisk. Let cook for around 2-3 minutes. The holy basil leaves should be added after the sauce has been reduced and the heat has been turned off. Due to their fragility, holy basil leaves will only be combined with the residual heat.
Prepare a bowl of steaming rice, top it with a fried egg if you’d like and enjoy! In all honesty, just thinking about a bowl of rice with minced pork makes me hungry. Enjoy!