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Thai Basil Pork 

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Recipe

Pad Gkaprow Mu

This versatile recipe is a Thai favorite that often appears at breakfast or on the dinner table as part of a family-style meal. Ground pork is usually paired with the jagged leaves of holy basil (bai gkaprow). However, Thai sweet basil (bai horapa) is much easier to find in Asian markets in the United States and makes a worthy stand-in. If all else fails, substitute any basil or a mixture of basil and mint for a bright, refreshing flavor. Ground chicken or turkey also works well in this dish, as well as fresh seafood: shrimp, scallops, mussels, and firm-flesh fish like salmon or halibut.

Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings as part of a multicourse family-style meal
Cooking time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (2 tablespoons)
  • 5 Asian shallots or ½ small onion, cut into thin slices (1/3 cup)
  • 1½ pounds ground pork
  • 6 red Thai chilies, cut into rounds
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1½ cups packed fresh holy basil or Thai basil leaves
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (optional)

Directions

Preheat a large wok or skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Swirl in the oil and heat until it becomes runny and starts to shimmer. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic and shallots and cook until the garlic is light golden and fragrant, 15 to 30 seconds. Raise the heat to high and stir in the pork, breaking up clumps with the edge of your spatula. Stir and cook until the meat has just lost its blush, 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium and throw in the chilies. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce, and sugar and stir to coat the meat evenly. Stir in the basil and cook until the basil is wilted and the pork is cooked through, another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with pepper. Serve hot with freshly steamed rice.


© 2009, 2011 Patricia Tanumihardja

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

362kcal (18%)
749mg (31%)
5g
0g
29g (44%)
0g
9g (46%)
14g
3g
82mg (27%)
1g
20g
40mg
416mg
30mcg RAE (1%)
4mg (6%)
41mg (4%)
1mg (8%)
 

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