Grapow and other edible delights

The other day I was just finishing my lunch when a plate of chicken and basil atop a bed of rice was carried by. “What’s that?” I asked excitedly in Thai, because it looked so delicious. I wrote down the name so I could order it as soon as I had the chance.
Let me introduce you to Pad Grapow Gai: minced chicken stir fried with holy basil. It is a nice, non-spicy dish with tender little pieces of chicken and the fresh flavor of basil.
We went into the actual town of Bang Saphan Yai, about a 6 kilometer motor-bike ride from where we are staying, for some lunch. I’m really glad I learned how to order food in Thai, because the place we went had no menus.

I saw chicken and holy basil in the open kitchen, so I ordered Grapow Gai, and it was delicious! I spiced it up with my new favorite condiment: sliced fresh chiles in fish sauce. This concoction is magical, adding a salty heat to anything you sprinkle it on. With the basil, chicken, and rice, I was almost completely satisfied with my meal.
img_6134I say almost, because it has gotten to the point where no meal is complete without Som Tham.  Look at the dried shrimp in this one!
(hint: they’re the peachy-pink colored things, and the one towards the lower right corner has black eyes!)
When I cooked with dried shrimp at home, I couldn’t stand them. They were tough and just didn’t taste like anything I wanted in my food. These however, taste fresh plus they are nice and tender. I’m definitely a fan of dried shrimp now!


2 Responses to “Grapow and other edible delights”

  1. 1 Liz March 11, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    This is my FAVORITE Thai dish. I have made it with minced pork before. We also have a noodle dish at our local Thai restaurant with similar flavors: Pad Kee Mow

    I also love dried shrimp. Have you had any Mieng-Kum yet? One of my favorite Thai appetizers.

  2. 2 elly March 12, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Mmm this looks so good! I love basil!

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