Monday, November 8, 2010

last night -- pork, again, this time with feeling

Pad kra pao is just the sort of thing I like to cook when it's hot outside and I'm tired and I'm lucky enough to have beer or cider or both just sitting there in the fridge. This is simple food. Comfort food for the warmer months. You fry up some meat. You season the shit out of it. Done.

Heat some oil in a wok. When the oil is hot (doesn't need to be smoking--smoking is bad bad bad) add 500 grams of pork mince, some minced garlic and grated ginger. Stir and fry--stir fry--for two or three minutes before adding 100 g chopped snake beans (in a pinch, I guess, there's nothing stopping you from using green beans), some diced shallots (3-4 should do), as much sambal oelek (if you can get the roasted version, use this in preference) as you like and cook for another couple of minutes. Now add 50 mL each soy sauce and fish sauce (or more or less, depending on your taste for this sort of product) and a good sprinkling of brown sugar. Cook for another three or four minutes or until the pork is cooked through. Stir through a handful of Thai basil leaves. Serve with rice and, because it's always a good idea for this sort of thing, a fried egg (fried in a little bit of butter, as eggs fried in butter taste and look much better than eggs fried in copious amounts of vegetable and etc oils).

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