- Peel and core the mangoes and slice very finely into thin shreds.
- Gently combine all the ingredients and tasted to see if you need a little more sugar, lime juice, fish sauce or chilli to balance the flavours.
- Serve on the salad leaves and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.
Thai Basil Chicken with Noodles - serves 2
Our Asian supermarket sells two different varieties of basil - Holy Basil and Thai Sweet Basil - both are delicious and have a more aniseed flavour than the mediterranean variety. You could use either in this recipe. If you use the med. variety, you will not get an authentic flavour but it will taste nice all the same! As a vegetable, you could use green beans, or chinese greens. I used Heen Choi, which is very much like spinach.
- Heat in oil in a frying pan or wok. Add the chilli, ginger and garlic and fry for 20-30 seconds.
- Add the chicken and stir-fry for a minute or so until sealed.
- Stir in the sugar, satay sauce or peanuts and the fish sauce and then fry the meat until it is cooked through. Add a little water or stock if it looks a bit dry.
- Add the vegetables and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Stir in the oyster sauce and the noodles and then add the basil leaves. Taste for seasoning. You may want to add more chilli, fish sauce, sugar
- Serve garnished with basil leaves and a wedge of lime.
If you are stuck for the ingredients, my local oriental supermarket has a website - http://www.waiyeehong.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogsection&id=9&Itemid=59. - and does home delivery nationally. Take a look at the website - there are cooking tips and really useful information about all the different exotic ingreadients.