thai beef stir-fry with chiles and basil

dishes like these are magic. when you’re uncomfortably wedged between a pressing to-do list and an ominous tummy-rumble, recipes that come together this quickly are a lifesaver. just like this one and this one, they prove that fresh, wholesome, delicious food is possible even on a deadline. it’s fast food, no drive-through window necessary. 

the list of ingredients is mighty short but still somehow creates a bowlful of savory, flavorful comfort food. like i said: magic.

Thai Beef Stir-Fry with Chiles and Basil
Adapted from Orangette
Makes 2-3 servings 

4 large garlic cloves, chopped
4 to 5 Thai (aka bird’s eye) or serrano chiles, sliced
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. oil
6 to 8 oz. ground beef
1 Tbsp. fish sauce, or more to taste
pinch of sugar
¼ cup chicken stock or water
2 large handfuls of basil leaves
jasmine rice, fried eggs, and lime wedges, to serve

  1. Stir together the garlic, chiles, and salt. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, and add the garlic, chiles, and salt. Stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant; then add the beef. Continue to cook, stirring, until the beef is cooked through and just starting to brown. Add 1 tablespoon fish sauce and the sugar. Add the basil and stock or water, and stir just until the basil is wilted. Remove from the heat. 
  2. Scoop the rice into bowls, and then divide the beef and its juices over the top. Crown with the fried eggs. Serve immediately, with a good squeeze of lime.
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