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Thai Spicy Basil & Pork Belly Stir-fry

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I’m a big fan of the flavour pork belly brings to a dish, and this spicy Thai stir-fry is no exception. Deep-frying it to begin with gives you a gorgeous crispy texture (make sure you don’t overcrowd the pan), and then the spicy chillies really bring this one home! Do try and look for Thai basil for a more authentic flavour, but if not, Italian basil is a great back-up option.

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THAI SPICY BASIL & PORK BELLY STIR-FRY

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

20 minutes
SERVES

2
Ingredients

400g (14 oz) pork belly, skin removed, cut into bite-sized pieces

½ tsp ground white pepper

1 cup plain flour (all-purpose flour)

3 bird’s eye chillies

3 large chillies

3 garlic cloves

3 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

1 tsp sugar

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 heaped cup of holy basil leaves*

vegetable oil for stir-frying and deep-frying

sea salt

Steps
Step 1

Combine the pork, white pepper and 1 tsp of salt. Coat the pork with flour.

Step 2

Pour the oil for deep frying into a large saucepan or wok over high heat. When the oil is hot, deep fry the pork in batches. Drain on paper towel and set aside.

Step 3

Use a mortar and pestle to pound the chillies, garlic and ½ tsp salt to a rough paste.

Step 4

Mix the oyster sauce, fish sauce and sugar in a small bowl.

Step 5

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the chilli paste and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pork and the stir-fry sauce and toss until well combined. Add the holy basil and toss until just wilted. Remove from heat and serve.

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Notes:

– 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

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Mario
August 24, 2022

easy & yummy!

I used the air fryer to crisp up the pork belly and it was super easy! 12 min @ 350 degrees. Next time I might add or sub out eggplant.

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