Originally Posted by tennismonkey
paulman / downs -- i think i'm missing the sour component of the dish. probably lime juice. but i don't think it's that complicated. i still think it's just a variation of minced chicken/pork/beef with basil (preferably holy or thai basil).
i figure: fish sauce, garlic, oil, red or thai chili peppers, sugar or cane sugar, lime juice, thai or holy basil. maybe oyster sauce or soy sauce.
I'm officially jealous. All this talk of real Thai food. Yum, yum and double-yum.
When I attempt
chicken with basil, I use this recipe:
10 thai chili peppers
8 cloves garlic
6 shallots or 1 small onion (can't always find decently priced shallots)
1/3 c fish sauce
1/3 c chicken broth
1 T sugar
2 lbs ground chicken
3 c Thai basil
3 T lime juice (usually 1-2 limes) and if I'm stuck with just the one lime and not enough juice, I'll sneak in some lime zest to bump up the twang.
So...yeah, your "guess" is pretty good. My recipe, BTW, is from Cook's Illustrated
...the holy grail of cooking for geeks. They'll dissect every component of the recipe til they find the right combination (even if it's a bit out of norm or goes against convention).