Thai chilli basil beef stir fry

Pad Kra Pao neu-a wua


For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp water
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

For the stir fry:

  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 chillies (green or red), finely chopped
  • 1 dried chilli, chopped (optional)
  • A small piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 pack of beef, cut into small strips (if you do not eat beef, then you can easily substitute this for prawns, chicken or pork)
  • 1 green pepper, cut into squared pieces
  • 1 red onion, cut into squared pieces
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • Any other vegetables, I used choi sum as well (like pak choi)
  • 1 handful of Thai basil (if you cannot find this then just use regular Italian basil)
  • A few tsp corn flour


  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Heat 1-2tbsp vegetable or peanut oil into a wok or wide based pan on medium heat, until heated.2016-03-08 10.59.51
  3. Add the garlic, chillies, dried chilli and ginger into the wok for about half a minute, stirring continuously.2016-03-08 11.00.12
  4. Then add the beef to the wok. Constantly stir for about 2-3 minutes. If you are using chicken or pork you will need to cook the meat for longer than this.2016-03-08 11.00.572016-03-08 11.01.20
  5. Add the sauce to the wok.2016-03-08 11.01.38
  6. Add the pepper, onion, spring onions and choi sum (if using) to the wok and cook altogether until the vegetables are cooked. (To cook the vegetables faster, I added a bit of water to the wok and put a lid on it for a few minutes on medium heat).2016-03-08 11.02.212016-03-08 11.01.59
  7. At the last minute add a handful of the basil and stir through. If the sauce is not thick enough, then take out a bit of the sauce into a cup and mix well with a few tsp of corn flour. Then return this sauce into the pan and place on high heat for a few minutes.2016-03-08 11.01.59Serve with rice or noodles, or by itself as a low- carb option.

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