Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins
My best friend, Deb, bought me a class at a Thai cooking school for my birthday. This was my favourite recipe. The most important thing I learned was, when it comes to Thai cooking, don't use substitutes - you only get the real flavour if you take the trouble to buy the right ingredients. This should be cooked in a wok, but a frypan will do if you don't have one. Don't be worried by the chillies, this dish is mild - as long as you remove the seeds from the chillies.
- 500 g pork fillets, chopped into small, bite-sized pieces
- 2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
- 4 shallots, finely sliced (use golden or red shallots)
- 2 large red chilies, deseeded then finely chopped
- 2 large green chilies, deseeded then finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon palm sugar
- 1 cup basil leaves, torn (use Thai basil if available, but sweet basil will be fine)
- vegetable oil
- white pepper
- Prepare all ingredients in advance.
- Place wok or pan over a moderate heat and add 2 tablespoons oil.
- Add garlic and stir fry gently until it is just starting to colour lightly.
- Add the sliced shallots and stir fry for a few minutes until they are transparent.
- Remove garlic and shallots to another dish and set aside until needed.
- Add a little more oil to the pan and increase heat.
- Stir fry pork, in batches, until it is coloured (it doesn't have to be cooked through).
- When the last batch of pork is cooked, add the shallots and garlic and the remaining pork to the pan.
- Add the chillies and stir fry for a minute or two.
- Now add the oyster sauce, fish sauce and palm sugar.
- Stir fry for about 5 minutes or so until pork is cooked and the sauce is slightly caramelised.
- Add basil and stir fry until wilted.
- Before serving, sprinkle lightly with white pepper.
- Serve with steamed jasmine rice.
I've been wanting a recipe for this for ages. This is exactly the way the restaurants I've been to make it, absolutely delicious! I didn't have palm sugar so I used Demerrera and it worked out fine. Next time I'd like to try a splash of lime juice and perhaps a bit more chilli as I like it a bit spicier. Great recipe!