Thai Noodles with Beef and Basil

20 Aug

The sudden craving for Thai food came about when the father was posted in Bangkok for two weeks. I desperately wanted to have tom yam soup but was wondering what would make a good accompanying dish. After much research, I found a recipe with most of the ingredients conveniently stored in the fridge. The only thing that I needed to hunt for was fresh basil leaves.

I’m sure for those who stay near to upmarket grocery stores would be able to get your hands on these yummy fresh basil leaves. The mother and sister liked the fried noodles, maybe perhaps it’s something different from the norm. And let me introduce you folks to the Thai Noodles with Beef and Basil.


  • 1 packet dried flat rice noodles
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons light soya sauce
  • 1/2 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 – 5 chilli padi, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • beef bottom round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 5 green onions (green parts only) thinly sliced
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges (optional)


Cook noodles according to package instructions, then drain and cool. In a large bowl, mix noodles with 1 tablespoon of the oil and soy sauce. Set aside.

Roughly chop 8 large basil leaves, then transfer them to a mortar. Add garlic, chili padi and a pinch of salt and grind with a pestle until a paste forms. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and the fish sauce together; set aside.

Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet. Add garlic-chilli padi paste and cook, stirring often, for about 1 minute or until fragrant. Season beef with salt and pepper, then add to skillet and cook until brown, stirring constantly, about 4 minutes. Add sugar mixture, stir and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Add noodles and toss until heated through, then add 2 to 3 tablespoons water if it appears sauce is drying up. Once heated through, remove skillet from the heat and add remaining basil leaves. Toss again until lightly wilted, then serve immediately, garnished with green onions and lime wedges.

Give it a shot aye! You might be surprised at the outcome πŸ˜‰


4 Responses to “Thai Noodles with Beef and Basil”

  1. Michael Beyer September 30, 2010 at 12:58 AM #

    Sounds delicious! I make a good crazy chicken rice noodle dish with Thai basil.
    I’m looking for more recipes that use that herb.

    • cadymcbronzie September 30, 2010 at 3:29 PM #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for sharing! Will definitely give it a shot too πŸ™‚

      Have you tried cooking green chicken curry with basil? Will share the recipe soon enough. Cheers!

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