I know I say this each time I post a Thai recipe, but I absolutely love Far-Eastern cuisines and Thai in particular. I'm not adventurous when it comes to meats and stick with chicken or go vegetarian for the most part. But I do believe, and therefore prefer, that dash of fish sauce and/or that bit of shrimp paste in the curry paste makes a lot of difference to the end product but feel free to skip it, if you are vegetarian.
This Thai Basil Fried Rice is adapted from Chef Madhu's recipe. I love the flavor and aroma of basil. Like he says, something magical does happen when you add those basil leaves to the pan. Well balanced flavors here.
If you have not tried his other recipe on my blog, Terong Belado, you have missed something in life! Pan fried eggplants smeared with a fiery sauce and topped with fresh tomato and basil - just amazing! Go check that out too - you can thank me (and him) later :)
2 cups cooked jasmine rice, clumps broken and chilled (I left mine in the fridge for 20 mins. Leftover rice works well here too)
2 tbsp minced garlic
3-4 Thai red chilies, (or serranos) chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup red, green and yellow peppers, chopped
1 handful of sweet basil leaves, torn by hand or left whole
shrimp or bite sized chicken pieces (optional)
1/2 tbsp light soy sauce (1 tbsp, if skipping the fish and oyster sauces)
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
3/4 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp white pepper
1 egg, beaten (optional)
2 tbsp peanut oil
Heat oil in a wok until almost smoking. Add the chopped garlic and chiles and stir for 10 seconds.
Add onion and peppers, tun heat to high and stir fry for another 30 seconds. If using shrimp or chicken, add them now and let ehm cook through.
Lower the heat. Then, push the ingredients in the wok to a side and scramble the eggs.
Mix in the three sauces, sugar and white pepper along with the vegetables and scrambled eggs.
Turn heat again to high and add the rice. Toss to mix the veggies and rice well, making sure there are no clumps.
Taste to adjust the flavors.
Switch off stove and then add the basil leaves. Take in the wonderful aroma for a few seconds and then toss to mix well!