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Stir fried sweet basil with shrimp


Last july, we took a one-day cooking class when we were in Chaingmai, Thailand.
Our chef or tour guide looked like Mr Chow from the movie”The hangover” , more younger, but the same speed of talking and with lot of gestures.
We first went to a local morning market, where “Mr Chow” showed us many Thai spices and vegetables, he answered my qustions about these Thai food.
Then we drove in a minibus to a big house, which is located outside the city. It has a big garden with many herbs and fruit trees in it.
We spend half the day there, cooked 5 dishes: a salad, main course and dessert. I asked for more than 10 Thai chillis added to my papaya salad, and after eating it, I felt as hot as the weather there. Thank God, the diarrhea that I had for more than one week was stopped after this hot papaya salad.


What do we need:

- 180g Shrimp (without skin and head)
- 15-20 Sweet basil leaves
- 2  Cloves of garlic
- 1  Middle size  carrot
- 1  Middle size  onion
- 1  tsp sugar
- 2  sp fish sauce
- 1  sp Oyster sauce
- 2 chillies


How to cook it:

1: First chop carrot and onion into same size pieces of around 3x3cm. Chop the chilli and garlic into small pieces.

2: Heat oil in a pan and fry the chopped garlic. Half a minute later add chopped carrots, onions and shrimp and stir 2 minutes.

3: Add sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce and chilli. Stir 2 minutes, then add sweet basil, turn off fire.

Fried squid with fish sauce


Almost every Saturday we go to the local weekend market, not only to buy fresh meat and vegetables, but also to enjoy that intimate ambiance, because we never talk to strangers in a supermarket.
Last Saturday, we were standing 2 minutes in front of a seafood stall, then decided to buy 3 kilos of squid for a good price. Another couple stood next to us and asked me, while the vendor was weighing squids, “How do you cook them”?
“Oh”, I turned face to them, “Just cook with these spring onions, and add some soy sauce”, I showed them spring onions in my shopping bag that I had just bought. “Few minutes, very easy!” I added. “That’s all? No oil?” the girl asked hesitantly. “Oil? Haha, yes, of course!” We both laughed.



- 3 squids, each 20cm long
- 4 Spring onions
- 1 sp Oyster sauce
- 2 sp Fish sauce

Step 1
Slice squid sideways in pieces of around 2cm. Cut the spring onion to 4cm pieces.

Step 2
Heat some oil in a pan, add squid slices, fry them until they change to white. Then add spring onion, oyster sauce and fish sauce, keep stirring around 1 or 2 minutes.

You can cook this dish with soy sauce or with fish sauce, both which taste kind of the same: salty. This time I chose fish sauce because it suits better with seafood and the taste of south-east Asia.

Fried squid rings

Fried squid ringsWho wouldn’t like Fried squid rings? Especially if you make them yourself!

Fried squid ringsIngredients:

  • Squid (without head, frozen, 3 pieces)
  • One egg
  • Bread crumbs (a small saucer full)
  • Corn starch (a small saucer full)
  • Salt (2/3 teaspoon)
  • White pepper (2/3 teaspoon)


  1. First defrost the squid and clean them under the running tap
  2. Cut into rings of 1-2 cm
  3. Marinade the rings with the salt and white pepper for 5 to 6 minutes
  4. Then take two saucers and fill one with corn starch and one with bread crumbs. Take a small bowl and break an egg in it, and beat it quickly
  5. One by one, dip the squid rings into the corn starch, then the egg, and finally the bread crumbs. Repeat until you’ve covered all rings
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan on low heat, and fry the squid rings until they have a golden brown crust, and then place them on a kitchen towel to remove excess oil
  7. Sprinkle some lemon juice over them if you like 
  8. You can eat the squid rings with your favourite sauce: garlic, chili or mayonnaise

TIP: serve the squid rings together with Edamame (fresh soy beans in the pod) and with a glass of beer for a summery snack