Recipe: Deliciously simple Thai beef

When we were in Thailand recently we had the most wonderful beef mince dish at one of the restaurants in Kata Beach, Phuket. So of course I had to take up the challenge and try to recreate it myself – purely from taste as I didn’t know quite what the ingredients were.

I have to admit to being pleased with my effort, although it wasn’t exactly the same as the other dish, it was certainly good enough in its own right. And so easy to make…you have to give it a try.

I served the mince scooped into lettuce leaves, it would also obviously also work well with rice.

Succulent mince with crispy lettuce and basil

Serves 2

400g beef mince

3 tbsp vegetable oil

2 tbsps sweet soya sauce

2 tsps fish sauce

1 small red chilli, chopped

200ml beef stock

3 large handfuls of fresh Thai sweet basil, sliced

Heat the oil in a pan and add the mince. Fry for about 5 mins until browned.

Add the soya sauce, fish sauce and chopped chilli. Stir through.

Add a handful of the fresh Thai basil and stir through.

Add the beef stock and simmer, covered, on low for about 30 minutes for the flavours to infuse.

Your mince is now ready to serve, but my advice would be to make it a few hours before and let it sit as it becomes more and more flavoursome the longer you leave it. Then simply heat through when you are ready to eat.

When it is heating through, heat the remaining 2 tbsps of oil in a frying pan. Add the rest of the Thai basil and fry until it is crispy.

Serve your beef in lettuce leaves or with rice, scattered with the crispy fried basil.

The tasty mince simmering on the stove top
The tasty mince simmering on the stove top

Do you have a favourite holiday dish? Have you tried to recreate it at home? I’d love to hear about it, so do get in touch.

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