Moo pad bai krapow (Pork with Basil)


Another very traditional Thai recipe and one that is easy for any home cook.  A true ‘wok’ dish, it has a tantalizing flavor that comes from the combination of so many items.  By the way, it is important to crush the garlic and chilli together and this is best with a mortar and pestle.  As usual, if this is a little hot for your taste, you can reduce the amount of chilli and remember to remove the seeds!  You can also substitute chicken for pork.

Ingredients Serves 4-6
Sliced pork loin 500 gms
Onion sliced 200 gms
Red capsicum 100 gms
Green capsicum 100 gms
Basil leaf (chopped) 5 – 6
Garlic 2 cloves
Chilli (red) 3 – 4
Vegetable oil 4 tbspns
Fish sauce (Tiparos) 4 tbspns
Sugar 1 tbspn
Oyster sauce 1 tbspn

Cooking Method

Crush the garlic and chilli together in the mortar and pestle.  Add oil to the wok and heat quickly and add pounded garlic and chilli to the oil and fry quickly.  Now add the sliced pork and stir fry until cooked (do not overcook).  Add the onion and the capsicum until cooked, followed by the sugar, fish sauce and oyster sauce.  Finally, add the basil leaf and stir for one minute and then serve with steamed rice.