Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Spicy ground chicken with hot basil

Spicy ground chicken with hot basil (holy basil) is one of the most common foods in Thailand along with Thai omelet. It is also my favorite. You can find spicy ground chicken with hot basil or Kai Pad Kapraw in every a la carte shop. It’s spicy, but you can adjust the ingredients to your taste.

Spicy ground chicken with hot basil
Spicy ground chicken with hot basil
7 cloves Garlic
15 Bird’s eye chili
2 tbs. Oil
2 tbs. Soy sauce
1 cup Ground chicken
2 tbs. Oyster sauce
3 tbs. Water
1 ½ ts. Sugar
1 cup Holy basil

  1. Put the garlic and bird’s eye chili in the blender and blend for 1 minute
  2. Heat the oven. Fry the ingredients in 1. with oil (I should warn you-during the frying the aroma of the ingredients is so strong it might make you cry, be patient!) Add ground chicken. Flavor the dish with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Add water.
  3. Finally, add holy basil and fry for another 15-30 seconds. Eat this hot basil dish with jasmine rice and fried egg. You can flavor the dish with fish sauce with bird's eye chili (Nam Pla Prig) and have some  fresh cucumbers as side dish. Yummy!
Thai people usually grow some basic ingredients such as chili, lemongrass, pandan, lime, sweet basil, or holy basil in their house. Mine has 2-3 holy basil trees. If you love cooking Thai food, have a space, and the weather is fit to grow these Thai ingredients, you should try. It’s cheaper than buying from a grocery in the long run and also a good hobby. 


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