Spicy pork, chillies and fragrant Thai basil, all on top of a crispy, chewy homemade pizza base? And did I mention there’s cheese involved, too? So much yes! My fusion pizza brings all those wonderful pad krapow Asian flavours onto your favourite weekend treat.
500g (1 lb) plain flour (all purpose)
½ tbsp sea salt
1 x 7g (0.2 oz) sachet dried instant yeast
2 tsp caster sugar
300ml (10 fl oz) warm water
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2½ cups grated mozzarella cheese
fresh chilli slices (optional)
Thai ‘krapow’ topping:
4 garlic cloves
4 birds’ eye chillies
2 tbsp vegetable oil
500g (1 lb) pork mince
1 bunch holy basil (also known as bai krapow, spicy basil or hot basil), leaves picked
4 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sugar
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, yeast and sugar. Add the water and olive oil into the dry ingredients. Use a fork to bring the ingredients together, then use your hands to knead into a ball. Transfer the dough to your kitchen bench top.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes. Place the dough into a bowl brushed with olive oil and brush the dough with oil too. Cover with a damp tea towel and rest for 30 minutes.
Turn the dough out onto your kitchen bench and lightly knead. Divide dough into 3 even pieces. Rest covered for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 220°C/430°F. Preheat large baking trays in the oven as well.
In the meantime, make the topping. Use a mortar and pestle to pound the garlic and chillies to a paste. Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the chilli paste and the pork and stir-fry until just cooked. Add the holy basil leaves, oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce and sugar. Stir-fry until well combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
Roll out a piece of pizza dough until about a centimeter thick. Transfer the pizza base to a sheet of baking paper. Spread a third of the pork mixture over the dough. Top with cheese and extra fresh chilli if using. Slide the baking paper and pizza onto a preheated tray. Cook in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden and the base is crisp. Repeat with remaining dough and topping.