Thai Basil Pork
To make an authentic Thai basil chicken/pork/beef, you definitely need Thai holy basil (pictured below) which is rare here compared to other types of basil. I started 2017 staying at a hostel in Bugis – with no access to my kitchen or camera for a week (sobs). But the good thing was, I was walking distance from Thai Supermarket at Golden Mile Complex, and I made sure to buy holy basil before I go home to make this Thai Basil Pork (Pad Kra Pao Gai).
The unique mild and pleasant medicinal taste of holy basil is signature in this classic Thai dish. While an equal replacement is impossible, you can substitute holy basil with any type of basil (and along with a bit of mint if you have).
Turn this stir-fry into a one-dish meal with steamed rice, sliced cucumber and fried egg.