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Recipes that include basil (Thai/Chinese)

Three Cup Tofu

Saturday, June 8, 2013

There’s this pretty well-known Taiwanese dish called Three Cup Chicken. The flavorful dish of dark meat chicken is flavored with sugar, soy sauce, and sesame oil with a strong dose of Chinese/Thai Basil.  My mom came up with a vegetarian version, Three Cup Tofu with the same flavor profile and it’s even easier to make. I was planning on posting Three Cup Chicken first, since it’s the original dish. That would have made more sense but alas, my body was just not willing to work with me on this…

Three Cup Tofu 3


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Bacon Basil Shishito Peppers

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shishito Peppers are the best peppers ever! I just love them, want to marry them (sorry Lon), and eat them up all at once. You can just just blister them (see pic down the page) in olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. and they are already delicious. If you want to take it up just one teeny weeny baby step, you can try them with bacon and Thai basil. Mmmm good.

Shishito Peppers

Do you want to know how I came up with this recipe? Remember my herb garden? Well, while we were in Maryland/DC this weekend, all of them died except for the Italian Basil and the Thai Basil. That’s all I have left. I decided on the Thai Basil and I actually think this recipe kicks butt, so I guess it was a mixed blessing.

Thai Basil

Bacon Basil Shishito Peppers
~3 to 4 side dish servings

  • 1 slice bacon, chopped
  • 7 ounces shishito peppers
  • 2 teaspoons fresh Thai basil leaves
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions –

Heat bacon in a wok on medium heat ontil the fat releases. Once you get a little puddle on fat in the center, turn up the heat and add the Shishito peppers. Toss to coat the in the yummy bacon fat and stir around until they are blistered like this.

blistered pepper

Add the Thai Basil and toss around for another 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. (Be careful if your bacon is salty.) Serve immediately.

pick a pepperbacon basil shishitos
bacon basil shishitos 2
bacon basil shishitos 3
bacon basil shishitos 4

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Basil Chicken

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Chinese cooking is all about mise en place. For many dishes, once you have all the prep ready, the cooking part only takes a few minutes. Seriously! This is a perfect example, as the stir-frying part literally takes 3 minutes, assuming you don’t have a weak stove.

snow peas, jalapeno, Chinese basil, garlic


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Banh Mi Burgers

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Since I made the Carrot and Daikon Slaw, I’ve been anticipating a Banh Mi Sandwich, but when I started making dinner, I had a wild craving for some juicy red meat. The compromise was a Bahn Mi Burger. There’s no way that could be bad right? Not only was it not bad, Lon and I gobbled it down, barely coming up for air, and then agreed to make it again soon. We also contemplated opening a little shop that only sold Banh Mi Burgers and taro fries. Yes, we did have it with taro fries. It was perfect.

Bahn Mi Burger and Taro Fries


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