4 tbsp cooking oil
25 fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
2 fresh red chillies sliced into rings
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh ginger
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 tbsp finely chopped basil leaves to garnish
lemon juice from one lemon
salt and ground black pepper
- Heat oil in a wok and when hot, add the whole basil leaves and fry for about 1 minute until crisp and golden. Drain on the kitchen paper. Set aside and switch off the fire.
- Cut the beef across the grain into thin strips. Mix together soy sauce and sugar in a bowl. Add the beef, mix well then leave to marinate for about 30 minutes.
- Reheat the oil until hot, add the chilli, garlic, ginger and shallot and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the beef and chopped basil then stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Flavour with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer to a warmed serving plate, scatter over the fried basil leaves to garnish and serve immediately with white rice.
Note: Recipe from '60 HOTWOK RECIPES' by Linda Doeser