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
1⁄4-inch-thick slices
3 long red chiles or serrano chiles, seeded and thinly sliced
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, 30 seconds.
4. Return beef and any juices to skillet and add basil; heat through.
Makes 4 main-dish servings.

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