I cannot tell you how excited I am to share this recipe with you today!!! This is (in my humble opinion), an AMAZING recipe! I can’t believe I came up with this recipe by accident…well, kind of… haha
Some of my co-workers recently found this Thai restaurant near where we work. They specialize in Thai food AND sushi. I passed by this place so many times and had never thought to try it. I live in an area where you can easily find authentic Asian food, so I’d rather eat my Pad Thai at an authentic Thai restaurant and get my spicy salmon roll at a Japanese restaurant–not at a place where they try to do everything! But all the co-workers who had been to this place swore by it, so I gave it a try. They all said the Thai basil rice was a “must try”. I work with people who love to eat, so I trusted their opinions and ordered myself this Thai basil rice.
This Thai basil rice is pretty much a fried rice with drunken noodle sauce. YUM!! Right?!?! Ever since the moment I tried it, this dish became my new favorite! I don’t know why it never crossed my mind to make it myself!
Hubby and I were craving Asian food so I decided to make drunken noodles. I jotted down a drunken noodle recipe that I came up with a while ago, and it was delicious, so I followed my notes. I’m not sure what went wrong, but it was super salty and the flavor profile was off. I hate to throw away food so I decided to add more rice noodles to fix the dish, but it just did not work out the way I wanted. It was awful. I was confused and upset the recipe didn’t work. And I was hungry! I didn’t have enough rice noodles to make second batch. I was definitely having a “hangry” moment. Then I thought of Thai basil rice! Why don’t I make that instead? This is how I came up with this recipe! I didn’t come up with this recipe with the intention of making this dish originally but it was so good. Hubby loved the dish! He helped himself with heaping amounts on his second plate to prove how much he enjoyed it!
The way I made the dish is pretty spicy. Our heat tolerance is well above the average person’s. So if you are not a fan of spicy food, skip the red Thai pepper all together. If you like spicy but not at a pro level like us 😉 then use one pepper. If you love spicy food and can use Sriracha like ketchup, then use two!
I promise you that this easy and flavorful dish will not let you down!! Happy eating friends!!!
Amazing Thai Basil Rice
Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Thai, Asian
Serves: 2 servings
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 red Thai peppers, minced (optional)
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
- 1 green onion, diced
- 1/2 cup packed fresh Thai basil
- Beef or chicken
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced beef or chicken
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic chili sauce
- In a bowl, mix everything for the beef or chicken. Let it sit.
- In another bowl, mix everything for the sauce and set it aside.
- Prepare all of your vegetables. I dice my bell pepper first, then onion, and red Thai pepper/chili. I also rinse the Thai basil in cold water and dry it with a paper towel. Pick the leaves and tear them into bite sizes if the leaves are too big.
- In a medium pan, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add the beef or chicken mixture. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until it is cooked through. Set it aside.
- In a large non-stick pan, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add minced garlic and Thai red pepper/chili. Cook stirring frequently until it’s fragrant (about 2 minutes). If you are adding Thai pepper, it will smell spicy. It may make you cough, but we are adding a lot of ingredients that will balance the spiciness.
- Add onion and bell pepper. Cook for a minute or two with frequent stirring. Add the rice and pour the sauce on top. Stir until everything until it is well mixed. Add the cooked meat. Stir to mix again.
- Turn the heat off. Remove the pan from the heat and add the Thai basil. Mix one last time until everything is well incorporated.