Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry

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I love Thai food.  I remember when I first started working and had some extra money to splurge on myself, going out to eat was always fun.  My friends and I would go to the same Thai Restaurant called Siam.  We must  have eaten there at least once a week.  I never thought I could make this kind of food at home, but now I hardly go out to restaurants so making my own take out is a must.  This Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry is as close to the Thai Basil dishes I would get every time I went out.  Now that I have kids and am a stay at home mother, the days of splurging out at restaurants is left mostly for special occasions.   I am proud that I was able to feed my whole family for about the price of one dish plus the tip (gratuity) I would have spent for a meal out at a restaurant.  Now with all the money I'm saving, I can splurge on other things for my family.




Thai Basil Beef Stir Fry

by Curry and Comfort
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 20
Ingredients (6-8 people)
  • 2lbs beef (lean) sliced into strips
  • salt and black pepper to season beef
  • 1 cups sliced bell pepper or sweet pepper
  • 4-5 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 bell pepper or several sweet peppers thinly sliced
  • 2 large handfuls of Thai Basil (this is a must for the dish to get it's authentic flavor)
  • 2 heaping Tbs of fresh mint finely sliced (optional)
  • 1 bunch of spring onions chopped
  • 4-5 Thai bird chilies for extra heat or jalapenos)
  • red chili flakes and black pepper to taste
The sauce
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1Tbs of Soy Sauce
  • 2Tbs of brown sugar.
  • 1/4 cup of water
Note: Fish sauce is very authentic to Thai cooking so it is something you want in your pantry for a lot of your Asian recipes.

Instructions
1. Slice beef and toss with a little salt and black pepper.
2. Heat 2-3 Tbs canola oil in wok on high heat and stir fry sliced beef for 1 minute then add garlic and stir fry for 2 more minutes.
3. Then add peppers, spring onion and chili flakes and stir fry for 1 minute.
4. Next add the prepared sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes .
5. Finish dish with fresh basil and mint. When basil and mint wilt the dish is done. Taste for salt and seasoning.
6. Serve with hot rice. Enjoy
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  Step by Step Directions:

 Slice beef and toss with a little salt and black pepper. Heat 2-3 Tbs canola oil in wok on high heat and stir fry sliced
Then add peppers, spring onion and chili flakes and stir fry for 1 minute.  

Next add the prepared sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes.   Finish dish with fresh basil and mint. 

When basil and mint wilt the dish is done. Taste for salt and seasoning.  Serve with hot rice. Enjoy


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5 comments:

  1. I adore Thai food too - but I have never been able to duplicate it - so I am thoroughly enjoying the look and sound of this That Basil stir fry!

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  2. A lovely Thai dish, a good stir fry never goes amiss :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Thai food was one of my favorite food discoveries when I was in college. I would LOVE to make this stir fry at home and save myself some cash from all the takeout I end up ordering :)

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  4. I love Thai food too. I love the flavor of Thai food and when I first came to the US I couldn't handle much of Thai spices...but now I can pretty much eat everything besides green and red curry. LOL. I love your basil beef - I just had to throw away basil because I didn't use fast enough. I'm saving this recipe for next time. I rarely use basil (which is why I didn't think of this dish!), but when I do, I'm going to make this! My mouth waters just looking at this... So yummy!

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  5. I still can't figure out why I've never had Thai before. This looks like a dish I should try,

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