Cooking Thai Beef with Basil
Thai Beef with Basil
Simple and fresh-tasting, this easy but exotic stir-fry is
seasoned with fish sauce, one of the basic ingredients of
of Thai cooking.
3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce (nam pla)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 beef top round steak (1 pound)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 jumbo sweet onion (1 pound), cut into
3 long red chiles or serrano chiles, seeded and
3 garlic cloves, cut into long, thin slices
2 teaspoons minced, peeled fresh ginger
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
1. In medium bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce,
and brown sugar. Cut round steak lengthwise in half,
then cut into 1⁄8-inch-thick slices across the grain. Add
beef to fish-sauce mixture, tossing to coat well; cover
and refrigerate beef 30 minutes to marinate.
2. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high
heat until very hot. Add beef mixture and cook, stirring
frequently (stir-frying), just until beef is no longer
pink, about 1 minute. Transfer beef to clean bowl.
3. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to skillet. Add
onion and stir-fry until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
Stir in chiles, garlic, and ginger; cook, stir-frying,
4. Return beef and any juices to skillet and add
basil; heat through.
Makes 4 main-dish servings.
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