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Gai Pad Bai Gaprow

This is my favorite Thai takeout dish, so why not try to make it myself? Well, it’s been a long journey, hamstrung by a lack of certain ingredients, but I finally managed. Those ingredients, by the way, are:

  • Chicken, minced, 2 pounds
  • Bell peppers, 1-2
  • Mushrooms, 1-2 cartons
  • Onions, 1-2
  • Jalapeno peppers, 3-12 (depending on how hot you want it!)
  • Hot basil leaves, 2 cups
  • Sugar, 4 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Oil
  • Canned green peppercorns, 2 teaspoons
  • Shallots, 8, minced
  • Garlic, 12 cloves, minced
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The ingredients.

The first one you may have trouble locating is canned green peppercorns. I had to go to an Asian market to obtain mine.

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Peppercorns.

But the other was harder still – hot basil, otherwise known as holy basil, or tulsi. I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I ultimately bought some seeds and grew my own. Which, you know, took a while, but the results were delicious.

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Happy hot basil.

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The prunings.

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, the first step is to blend. Some recipes alternately call for mashing with a mortar and pestle, but I decided to blend instead. Blend what, you ask? The shallots, the hot peppers, the garlic, and the peppercorns.

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Pre-blend.

When you do you’ll get a paste like this:

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Post-blend.

Add that paste to your wok, after you’ve heated some oil.

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In the wok.

After you’ve warmed the paste for a minute or so, add in the chicken, sugar, and fish sauce.

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Adding the chicken.

Heat until the chicken is cooked.

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Chicken, cooked.

Then add in the veggies you’ve prepared.

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Veggies!

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Veggies!

When they’ve cooked down to your desired level of tenderness, add the basil leaves.

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So, so delicious.

Finally, serve over rice – with a fried egg on top, if you wish.

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Still not as good as takeout – but yummy nonetheless.

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Chicken with Basil in Green Curry

I made this tonight, and it was delicious. The ingredients:

  • Chicken, 2 lbs, thinly sliced
  • Bell peppers, 2, sliced
  • Mushrooms, 1 package, washed and quartered
  • Bamboo, sliced, 1 large can
  • Jalapeno, 1, sliced
  • Green curry paste, 6 tablespoons
  • Hot basil leaves, 2 cups
  • Coconut milk, 1 can
  • Fish sauce, 6 tablespoons
  • Sugar, 6 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil
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The ingredients.

Like I did, you may find “hot basil” hard to come by. It also goes by the name of “holy basil” or “tulsi” and – at least in my experience – it’s completely inaccessible in Asian groceries, no matter how well-stocked or authentic they may be. So, in the end, I grew my own. It doesn’t take that long, and you can get your seeds, like I did, from Fedco.

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Growing these only took 2 months or so.

Then, when the time comes, you can just pick the leaves you need, like I did.

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You don’t want to substitute Thai basil or Italian basil. The taste is substantially different.

The other ingredient that you may need to prepare in advance is the green curry paste. You can see how I did so here.

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All lined up.

Finally, you may want to prepare many of the ingredients before you start cooking. You don’t need to, but it can make the whole process smoother.

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Oil in a pan.

As for the cooking, first melt some coconut oil.

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Cooking the chicken.

Then add the green paste, cook for a hot second in the oil, and add in the chicken. It helps if your wok is on high heat.

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Chicken: cooked.

It’ll take a few minutes for the chicken to cook. When it’s done, or very close to it, feel free to add most of the rest of the ingredients. That is, the pepper (bell and jalapeno), mushrooms, bamboo, sugar, fish sauce, and coconut milk.

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More yummies.

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More deliciousness.

Once that’s all cooked down as well as you’d like it to, turn off the heat and add in the basil leaves. Stir them in, and enjoy!

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This was legitimately yummy.

I found the curry very flavorful and tasty. Though I should add that it has a bit of a kick. If you want less of a kick, just skip adding in that last jalapeno.

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