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Venison pad krapow

Swap out the minced pork for venison, and this makes for a quick and most delicious lunch. The replacement delivers wonderful results and in the knowledge that Thailand has its own species of deer. This recipe is from my friend Kay Plunkett-Hogge, a most talented teacher of Thai cuisine.

Serves 2



  1. Pound the chillies, garlic and salt together using a pestle and mortar.
  2. Heat a wok until it’s smoking hot and then add the oil.
  3. Throw in the chilli and garlic paste and stir fry for a few seconds.
  4. Add the mince and stir fry.
  5. When it is almost cooked, add the nam pla and sugar. Stir fry together until amalgamated and the venison is cooked. Then add most of the basil and wilt into the mince.
  6. Serve over steamed jasmine rice, preferably with a fried egg on top and the remaining basil leaves scattered over.
  7. If you can’t find holy basil (krapow) you can use Thai sweet basil instead. Worst case scenario, I’ve even made this with European basil. But it isn’t quite the same. If you do, just don’t call it pad krapow.

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