Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Kai Pad Bai Kaprow (a.k.a Thai Basil chicken)

Kai Pad Bai Kaprow (a.k.a Thai Basil chicken)
-~1lb minced chicken (I substituted this with minced turkey)
-1/4 c fish sauce (do not have this either, so I used mixture of Wocestershire and dark soy sauce to marinade the meat)
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-4 shallots cloves, minced (you can use onions if you want to)
-4-6 thai chilli peppers, sliced (I did not have this, and used chilli pepper flakes instead)
-chicken broth or water
-1/2 green bell pepper; 1/2 red bell pepper
-1 cup basil leaves (most recipes call for Holy basil, I've used Sweet basil), rinsed before using

1.Mince turkey and marinate in sauce
2.Heat oil in large saute pan, and fry garlic, shallots and/or onions on med-hi
3.Add minced marinated turkey
4.If looks dry, add some chicken broth or water
5.If you added water, do a taste test here. Add dash of dark soy sauce if you find it too bland
6.Simmer utill the sauce is reduced
7.Add in bell peppers, fry 1 min
8.Stir in basil; ready to serve

Although I have substituted many ingredients and I should call it Sweet Basil Turkey, it still tasted like Kai Pad Bai Kaprow. I'm happy it worked !

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Daniel said...

Sorry - but this is the best way to cook this dish.

Lightly fry about a teaspoon of thai red curry paste (more if you like it hot, with oil and a couple of cloves of garlic.

add your minced chicken and stir until it is half cooked and covered in the oil and red chili paste.

now add sliced bell peppers, or long beans or some sort of vege or your choosing.

In a cup mix a heaped table spoon of sugar - ( i use brown sugar) in 1/3 of a cup of fish sauce.

Now turn up the heat and add the fish sauce and sugar mixture to your fry pan and watch it sizzle and stir fry - remember to check for taste - and add more sugar or fish sauce if its too spicy. Once almost all the liquid has evaporated -your veges and chicken should be done.

Take off the heat - mix in a massive handful of FRESH coarsely chopped basil leafs.

Serve on top of sticky white rice with a fried egg with a runny yoke.

you can't beat this!