Wednesday, December 03, 2008

phad ka-pao talay: stir-fried seafood with holy basil leaves

Phad Ka-Prao Talay: ผัดกะเพราทะเล

Because of many reasons that I didn’t cook Seafood for ages. So, when my mates stopped by for lunch last week, I managed to cook something that they do like. "Seafood cooked with Holy Basil Leaves" came to mind. Then I served it with “Ink Squid Pasta”, my mates loved it too bits.
"Phad Ka-Pao" is the most popular & the most beloved "stir-fry" by Thai poeple. It's versatile - you can cook it with Meat, Pork, Chicken, Tofu or Seafood. Oh well, it can be cooked with anything, really.

Anyway, this dish is where Calories & Cholesterol meet up. Personally, I eat "Seafood" in moderation – 2 times a week not more than that.

Find below a recipe of “Stir-fried Seafood with Thai Holy Basil Leaves”

1 Cup of Prawns, cleaned
1 Cup of Scallop, cleaned
1 Cup of Clam, cleaned
1 Cup of Squid, cleaned & cut
1 Cup of Crab, cleaned & cut (optional)
5-6 of Red Chilies, finely chopped
4 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
3-4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, extra light & mild
4 Tablespoons of Oyster Sauce
2-3 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Seasoning Sauce
1 ½ Teaspoons of Brown Sugar
A Handful of Hot Holy Basil Leaves


Set a Wok over high-heat, wait till becoming hot
Add Oil, wait till hot, add chopped garlic, stir-fry till aromatic or turning yellow. Add in Seafood, stir-fry till becoming a little cooked
Add Oyster Sauce, Soy Sauce, Seasoning Sauce & Brown Sugar
Stir-fry regularly to mix everything well till cooked then sprinkles with Holy Basil. Turn off the heat, remove into a serving plate
Serve hot with Steamed Rice or Ink Squid Pasta


Anonymous said...

This looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I can't pronounce it but man it sure looks good! Nice photography BTW.

Anonymous said...

Cholesterol in prawns and other seafood has little effect on the cholesterol levels in your body. To reduce your cholesterol level, it's much more important to avoid eating food high in saturated fats. There's no need to avoid seafood.