Paleo Thai beef stir fry with basil and baby bok choy – easy and quick Paleo Asian stir-fry beef in basil sauce.
Have you been to the famous Thai restaurant called Sripraphai in Queens NY?
Nate and I have loved that restaurant since we were grad students, and if we were living next door, we’d probably lose all our money by eating there every day.
So what happens when Nate can’t give me a lift from Brooklyn to Queens to satisfy my cravings?
Ehem……….let’s just say that Uber and I had a little adventure the other day. 🙂
Nate: Uber to Queens to eat Thai food?
Me: Nah, that’s too expensive taking a Uber ride.
Nate: So where did you go ?
Me: To get ingredients at nearby whole foods Brooklyn so I can cook Thai food.
Nate: Then….. why is your Uber bill so high? That’s almost as expensive as a cab ride from Brooklyn to Sripraphai !?
Me: Uggh……… because I went to the wrong whole foods?
Nate: Huh ? ! ?
Me: Well, do you know there’s another grocery store sounds very similar to whole foods in Brooklyn?
Nate: ?? !! ?? There’s only 1 whole foods in Brooklyn. Just 1, not 2.
Me: Really? Is Brooklyn wholesale market different from whole foods market?
Have I told you that I’m terrible at directions and no maps, not even Google maps with autopilot – can help me get where I want to be ?
I have proof because my mom is the same – not even – she’s worse. :))
Anyway, after a fare of $40 and a 40 + minute ride to what could have been $12 and 15 mins from door to door, my dear readers and friends, I present you my Sripraphai version of Thai Beef Stir Fry. It sure was made in Brooklyn – that I know for sure 🙂 – with pure sweat, love, and determination in making good Thai food to satisfy my stomach and yours. :))
Want to see my epic Uber grocery shop adventure? Should I tweet about this?
The green point is my starting point. The red dot is the real whole foods – the one I usually go. And the bottom end of the tail is……
Paleo Thai Beef Stir Fry with Basil and Baby Bok Choy. If you love Thai food, you'll love this quick and easy Paleo Thai beef stir-fry with no added sugar. Perfect weeknight meal.
- ½ lb skirt steak sliced thinly against the grain
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ½ tbsp ginger minced
- 1 fresh red chilli roughly chopped (fresno or serrano)
- Pinch of salt
- 2 stalks scallions sliced thinly & separate white part from green part
- ½ cup green/red or any color bell pepper sliced thinly
- 3-4 heads baby bok choy quartered
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (best Thai basil. Alt. Italian basil)
- 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut aminos
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
Slice the beef against the grain and marinate for 20-30 mins with ingredient under "beef marinade".
Pound up a roughly chopped red chilli pepper + 1 minced garlic and ½ tbsp ginger in a mortar and pestle with a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor. (alt. use a food processor).
Set aside stir fry sauce combo - fish sauce, coconut aminos, and black pepper.
Heat a saute pan over high heat with 1 tbsp coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the ingredients from the mortar (garlic, ginger, and red chilli) *your house should smell amazing now but be careful the splatter. :).
Add beef and continue to stir fry until the beef is slightly cooked. Add the "stir-fry sauce combo" & continue to stir fry until the beef is almost cooked.
Add veggies (bok choy and bell pepper) & stir fry for another 2-3 mins. Add basil leaves and the white part of the scallions and stir fry for another 30 seconds.
Scoop out the ingredients into a large serving bowl/dish and leave the remaining liquid in the saute pan. Reduce the liquid over medium-high heat until the liquid is thickened.
Pour the reduced sauce over the beef and veggies. Give it a gentle toss. Garnish with the green part of the scallions and more basil leaves if desired. Serve hot.