This Savoury Pad Krapow Nua or Beef With Basil Recipe is one of my favourite Thai dishes. I got the recipe from my husband. Pad kra pow means stir-fried with basil. Nua means beef.
There are other variations of this dish – gai pad kra pow (chicken with basil), pad krapow moo (pork with basil), pad krapow ped (duck with basil), pad krapow Goong (shrimp with basil), etc. I heard fish and tofu stir-fried basil can also be used. I think I won’t enjoy the one with tofu, though. I haven’t tried the other dishes yet except for the pork.
This pad krapow nua dish is quick and easy to cook. You can finish this in 30 minutes or less.
Savoury Pad Krapow Nua or Beef With Basil Recipe
- 300 grams ground beef (minced beef)
- 3 cloves garlic - minced
- 4 piece red chili (red chilli in British English) - smashed and sliced into 2 or 3 pieces each
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- ½ tablespoon fish sauce
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 cup basil - Thai
- First, sauté the garlic in vegetable oil. Add the bird’s eye chillies.
- Add the ground beef and cook on medium heat for a few minutes or until the beef changes colour.
- Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and kalamansi (these ingredients may also be premixed in a bowl.) Adjust seasonings as necessary.
- Add the beef to the wok.
- Add the basil and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Add the basil.
- Serve with rice.