ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Thai One On: Beef and Basil Leaves Recipe

Updated on July 20, 2015
Beef with Basil Leaves
Beef with Basil Leaves | Source

My hub, Thai One On with a Thai-Inspired Dinner Party, offered several Thai-inspired recipes that are accessible to the home cook. By popular demand, here's one more to include on the menu when you are ready to Thai One On with your dinner guests.

Some of the ingredients may seem strange, but don't worry. They're easy to find, either at Asian speciality stores or in the Asian-food aisle of your favorite grocery store. And in a pinch, you can substitute common ingredients without sacrificing too much of the authentic Thai flavor. See the glossary of ingredients for my suggestions.

Glossary of Ingredients

Kaffir lime leaves: Similar in appearance to bay leaves, kaffir lime leaves are used to flavor Thai soups and sauces. Unless cut into a fine sliver, they should be removed before serving. Fresh leaves may be difficult to find, even at Asian markets, but dried or frozen leaves may be used instead. While there is no real substitute for their delicate floral aroma and flavor, substitute lime zest in a pinch.

Oyster sauce: A thick brown sauce made from fermented oysters and salt that can be found in the Asian aisle of many supermarkets. Used as a flavoring in cooking and as a condiment. Refrigerate after opening.

Thai basil: This basil variety has leaves that are smaller and darker than regular sweet basil, with purple stems and blossoms and an anise flavor. It is widely used in Southeast Asian cuisine, particularly in stir-fried dishes with meat. If you can't find Thai basil, substitute regular sweet basil. Thai basil makes an attractive plant for a container garden.

Thai chilies: These tiny red and green peppers are no bigger than your pinkie finger, but make no mistake about it - they are among the world's hottest. They are used in a variety of Thai dishes, including salads, soups, and sauces. They are widely available in Asian markets, but if you can't find them, substitute another hot pepper variety like cayenne or serrano.

Beef with Basil Leaves

1/2 pound beef sirloin steak

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

3 kaffir lime leaves, cut into thin strips

1/2 cup straw mushrooms

1/4 cup bamboo shoots, shredded

3 tablespoons oyster sauce

4 red Thai chilies, seeded and chopped

15 Thai basil leaves

Cut beef into thin 2-inch strips. Heat oil in wok with garlic and kaffir lime leaves on high heat until oil bubbles. Add beef, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, oyster sauce, and red Thai chilies. Stir-fry for 5 minutes or until beef is cooked. Mix in basil leaves.

Serve with hot cooked Jasmine rice.

Serves 4.

How to Cook Jasmine Rice:

Jasmine rice is a long-grain white rice that originated in Thailand. When cooked, it has a flowery fragrance, soft and creamy texture, and nutty flavor.

Rinse 1-1/3 cups rice. Combine the rice, 2 cups water, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in saucepan, and bring to a boil. Stir, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and, without lifting lid, let stand for 15 minutes. Uncover, and stir the rice to fluff.

Additional reading:

Thai One On with a Thai-Inspired Dinner Party.

Includes the following quick and easy Thai-inspired recipes:

  • Tom Yum Soup
  • Thai Beef Cucumber Cups
  • Fresh Spring Rolls
  • Chili Dipping Sauce
  • Pad Thai

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • DeborahNeyens profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks, Riviera Rose. It's pretty easy to make and delicious, too. I hope you give it a try.

    • Riviera Rose profile image

      Riviera Rose 

      5 years ago from South of France

      This looks delicious - I adore Thai food but never cook it well, finding the ingredients hard to access. But this looks pretty straightforward - one I'll have to try, so thank you!

    • DeborahNeyens profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks, MelChi. Let me know how it turns out!

    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I love Thai food! This looks so yummy! Will bookmark to try soon. Thanks for sharing this! Voted up - awesome - interesting :)

    • DeborahNeyens profile imageAUTHOR

      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for reading and commenting, everyone. Giselle, I'd say jasmine rice is similar to basmati but has a unique nutty flavor and a subtle perfumy aroma. It really works well with spicy Thai dishes. We also use it to make rice pudding with coconut milk.

    • profile image

      Giselle Maine 

      6 years ago

      I have never cooked with Jasmine rice before. It sounds interesting. I have cooked with regular and Basmati rice. How is Jasmine rice different?

      Thanks for an interesting and original hub on Thai beef and basil leaves.

    • instantlyfamily profile image

      instantlyfamily 

      7 years ago

      This looks awesome! I have to say, I really love it's name.

    • Movie Master profile image

      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Deborah, what a great recipe, it looks and sounds delicous, my Basil plant has gone crazy and I was look for a recipe to use some leaves, this is ideal!

      Thank you for sharing.

    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      You created a really fun title!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)