• May 31, 2015

    Thai pork, basil and green bean stir fry

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    We were craving Thai takeout last week, and I was thisclose to picking up the phone for delivery when I realized I had everything at home to make one of our favourite dishes – garlicky-spicy minced pork, fresh basil and finely chopped green beans stir-fried with flat rice noodles.

    The easy sauce is a savoury blend of soy sauce, fish sauce and a bit of brown sugar to balance the heat. I was really excited that the flavour was just right on the first try.

    We like it pretty spicy, but I kept it at a medium level with the option to throw in some crushed red chiles toward the end so you can dial the heat up to your preference.

    I love how just chopping green beans in a different way – thinly, crosswise – gives them a whole new identity. They are close in size to the bits of ground pork, and add a great texture without overwhelming the dish.

    As a bonus, the whole meal came together faster than delivery would have taken. And making it in my own kitchen, I’m sure it was healthier (more green beans, less oil, a more moderate amount of noodles).

    A yummy new stir-fry to add to our rotation! Have you discovered any great new weeknight meals lately?

     

    Thai pork, basil and green bean stir fry

    A savoury Thai green bean stir fry with ground pork, chiles, and lots of fresh basil. Delicious served with noodles or rice.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: Thai
    Servings: 4
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

    Ingredients

    • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
    • 4 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 thai bird chiles
    • 1 lb lean ground pork
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 9 oz green beans thinly sliced crosswise (yields about 2 cups)
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce
    • 2 tbsp fish sauce
    • 1 tsp brown sugar
    • 1 cup packed basil leaves thinly sliced
    • crushed dried red chiles to taste (optional)
    • Noodles or rice for serving

    Instructions

    • Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and chilies; sauté until fragrant, about a minute. Add pork and salt; cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink inside and crisping at edges. Add green beans and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender but still bright green, about 2 minutes.
    • Meanwhile, whisk together soy sauce, fish sauce and brown sugar. Pour into pan and stir to coat pork and beans. Taste and add a pinch of crushed chiles if more heat is desired. Stir in basil leaves and serve with noodles or rice.
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