Friday, January 24, 2014

Foodie Friday: Pad Kra Pow (Stir-Fried Meat with Thai Holy Basil)

(We all know I love to eat, so you know I am not kidding around when talking about food. On Fridays, let me torture myself and anyone who might stumble upon this travel blog with a photo of a delicious food I had in my travels. This week, Foodie Friday features my definition of Thai comfort food: Pad Kra Pow, or Stir-Fried Meat with Thai Holy Basil.)

Pad Kra Pow
Pad kra pow, or stir-fried meat with thai holy basil. Notice the two cups of iced water. It is by default very spicy.

When somebody mentions comfort food, one of the (many) things that pops in my head is a dish I fell in love with when I was living in Chiang Mai, the de facto capital of Northern Thailand. The dish is pad kra pow, or stir-fried meat with Thai holy basil. The ingredients are very basic and the cooking method even more so, yet I discovered that the result is more than the sum of its parts. It's salty (from the soy sauce), a little bit sweet (from the sugar), and very spicy (lots of chili, of course). Then, there's the kra pow, or the Thai holy basil (which I believe is tulasi in Filipino). It lends each bite with a fresh and subtle basil flavor, which I love. If you want to indulge a bit, go ahead and order a runny sunny-side up egg with pad kra pow. Your simple Thai comfort food is now perfection.

*Pad kra pow is very easy to make. If you want the recipe, do head over to this page by Thai food lover (loved it so much he made sure he'd have Thai food the rest of his life by marrying into a Thai family) Mark Wiens. He is the same guy behind, of which I am an avid reader.

What is your favorite Asian comfort food?

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