Green Curry Beef Skewers with Fried Basil Oil
Although green curry paste goes well with all types of meat, it brings out the best in red meat. I use beef here, but just as often I use boneless lamb from the leg. The basil oil is a finishing touch that perfumes the dish with the scent of Thai basil and provides richness. I call for quite a lot of curry paste here, but feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste. Those who want it really hot may want to add more, but keep in mind that you will be introducing more salt to the dish, too, as commercial curry pastes tend to be salty. Look for a brand imported from Thailand, such as Mae Ploy or Nittaya. Lightly misting the basil leaves with water before you drop them in the hot oil will create crispy leaves that are vibrantly green—almost like stained glass—as opposed to dark brownish green.Reprinted with permission from Flavors of the Southeast Asian Grill: Classic Recipes for Seafood and Meats Cooked Over Charcoal by Leela Punyaratabandhu. Copyright ©2020 shesimmers.com. Photographs copyright ©2020 by David Loftus. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.