25 Jan Sweet and Spicy Thai Basil Pork Stir Fry
The other day, in the middle of a cold winter, I was wondering what would be comfort food from elsewhere in the world. Not your usual meat and potatoes from Europe, but something from, say, Asia. I specifically thought of something I usually like to make and treat myself that comes from Thailand. That was sweet and spicy Thai basil pork stir fry.
Stir frying meats and vegetables is a basic cooking technique from all over Asia, but the ingredients I use in this recipe are indigenous to Thailand. I love the way Thais use fish sauce, chili paste, curry, coconut milk, basil, cilantro, peanuts, and lime in so many of their dishes. The, what I call sweet heat, in their dishes tantalize the tongue and often clear your sinuses. And I love it.
Fortunately for me, I keep many of the ingredients for this dish in my refrigerator and pantry year-round. You may have to purchase some of these items, but I would suggest keeping some of them on hand for the future because they are very versatile. I’m specifically talking about fish sauce, Thai or Madras curry, sweet chili paste, coconut milk, and lime juice. While fresh lime juice is best, bottled lime juice is still serviceable for both cooking and use in beverages.
One note, since I’m single the portions in the recipe are for one to two people. If you need to make the recipe for more people (up to four people), just double the meat and vegetable portions. The flavoring ingredients should be enough for added more meat and vegetables.
½ pork tenderloin cut in thin strips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ sweet onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
½ of a red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
¼ cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoon sweet chili paste
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon water
1½ cups whole fresh basil leaves
1 cup bean sprouts
1 teaspoon sugar
2 springs cilantro chopped as garnish (optional)
3 tablespoon chopped peanuts (optional)
Serve over jasmine rice or rice noodles
10. Serve with jasmine rice or rice noodles.