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Thai Holy Basil Krapao

2 tbs chopped garlic
2 tbs chopped shallots
2 tbs chopped mixed red & green bird eye chillies
1 teaspoon green peppercorns, whole.
¼ cup fish sauce
2 tbss palm sugar
1 cup roughly chopped holy basil leaves (bai krapao)

Half a cup of sliced, small hot peppers
1 cup sliced spring onion
1 pound finely chopped beef

This tasty beef and basil dish is a staple of Thai lunches - a dish often prepared a la minute at both roadside stalls and expensive retaurants. It is generally served over rice with an optional Thai fried egg. It is important to use the correct type of basil - Thai Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum.)

Chop the beef finely (we do this with two cleavers used simultaneously, but you could use very fine beef slices or even mince.)

Pound the garlic, shallots, peppers & peppercorns in a mortar. Put this paste into a very hot oiled wok, and stir briefly.Now add the other ingredients with the exception of the spring onions, and continue to stir until the beef is cooked through. Add the spring onions, mix and and serve.



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