Spicy Prawn & Basil Stir-fry (Pad Grapao Goong)
6 birds’ eye chillies
6 garlic cloves
2 tbsp vegetable oil
300g (10 oz) peeled and deveined prawns
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1 heaped cup of holy basil*
Steamed rice to serve
Use a mortar and pestle to bruise the garlic and chillies.
Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat.
Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add the prawns and stir-fry until almost cooked.
Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar and stir-fry for another 1 minute or unti prawns are cooked.
Turn off the heat and toss through the basil.
Serve with steamed rice.
Holy basil (called ‘bai grapao’ in Thai) is also known as hot or spicy basil. It can be found at Asian or Thai-specialty grocery stores. Substitute Thai basil or regular Italian basil if unavailable.
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