6 birds’ eye chillies
6 garlic cloves
2 tbsp vegetable oil
300g (10 oz) peeled and deveined prawns
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp white sugar
1 heaped cup of holy basil*
steamed rice to serve
Use a mortar and pestle to bruise the garlic and chillies.
Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the prawns and stir-fry until almost cooked. Add the oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar and stir-fry for another 1 minute or until prawns are cooked. Turn off the heat and toss through the basil. Serve with steamed rice.
– Holy basil (called ‘bai grapao’in Thai) is also known as hot or spicy basil. It can be found at Asian or Thai-specialty grocery stores. Substitute Thai basil or regular Italian basil if unavailable.