Thai Basil Stir-Fry (Put Kaprow)

October  9, 2013

Every Monday and Wednesday, we'll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved.

Today: Weeknights just got a lot more exciting.

Thai Basil Stir Fry from Food52

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WHO: FrancesRenHuang is a yoga instructor, acupuncturist, and avid cook living in Buenos Aires.

WHAT: Your new favorite weeknight breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

HOW: Mix together a quick chile-fish sauce. Saute pork; add sauce, and serve over rice. Top with a fried egg.

WHY WE LOVE IT: This dish is just what we're looking for on a weeknight: quick, super-flavorful, and fun to cook. We love FrancesRenHuang's suggestion to serve it at breakfast, too. You'll find yourself wanting to douse everything in the chile-fish sauce -- so make extra to use all week.

Thai Basil Stir Fry (Put Kaprow) by FrancesRenHuang

Serves 2

The Stir-Fry

300 grams of ground beef (can substitute with any other meat)
1 red onion, sliced thinly
3 to 5 thai chilies, chopped
3 to 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 cup thai basil leaves, packed
Generous pinch of ground white pepper
1 fried egg per person, finishing with a dash of soy sauce

Fish chile sauce

2 to 3 thai chilies, chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 cup spring water
1 clove of garlic, chopped (optional)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here. 

Photo by James Ransom

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Coing October 20, 2013
Thank you, thank you. I was just looking at my Thai basil plant
and thinking, I do have to use this before it freezes! And I just
wasn't in the mood for red curry.
FrancesRen October 9, 2013
Thank you everyone !! Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do !
inpatskitchen October 9, 2013
This looks fabulous!! Congrats on the WC win!
Kitchen B. October 9, 2013
LOVE your recipes. Your Gung Bao chicken is in dinner rotation now!!!!
Many, many, many congratulations!
EmilyC October 9, 2013
Congrats! I'm always excited to find good weeknight recipes. Looking forward to trying this.