I’m not sure if we’ve had this conversation before.
You know, the one where I ask you what your favorite cuisine types are and you ask me mine and we both nod in polite acquiescence but continue to think we’re right and the other one’s out to lunch.
Yeah, that one.
So, what’s your favorite cuisine type?
Holy Basil, Thai Basil. Thai Lemon Basil, Cilantro, Chilies (!), Creamy Dreamy Coconut, Green Curry, Yellow Curry, Red Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Kaffir Lime, Lemongrass, Mint, Peppercorn, Turmeric…
Pretty much indisputable, right?
Some of my favorite things about Thai cuisine include its enthusiastic use of fresh herbs and spices over dry ingredients, its ability to push all the sensory buttons by delivering the fabulous four: sweet, sour, salty and spicy and… did you know that in traditional Thai cuisine, measuring cups are never used? (come on Betty Crocker, you’ve just got to admire that kind of reckless disregard).
If I haven’t made my case yet, perhaps this simple dish will convince you.
Aromatic, satisfying and delicious, 30 minutes is all you will need to have this lovely meal on your table. Faster than the time it would take to have it delivered to your door and a healthier version to boot! When you make your own Thai food, you can adjust the ingredients to suit your dietary needs and preferences. For instance, Kecap Manis is a syrupy sweet sauce that is traditionally used in Thai Basil Chicken recipes. I have avoided it altogether here. Sodium is also a consideration in Thai cuisine and I have opted for low sodium soy sauce and also offered other suggestions to help minimize sodium intake in the Nutrition and Cooking Notes for you.
As with all dishes of this nature, once you’ve gone through the steps of making it the first time, your subsequent preps will go much faster (and trust me, you will want to make this one again and again) — you can even do your cutting and chopping the night before, return from work and voila, dinner in under 15 minutes.
Be sure to read the Nutrition and Cooking Notes for cautions and best results and do let me know if you give it a try!