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thai ka pow sauce

rabidog Oct 3, 2007 03:23 PM

been searching the internet with little luck finding a good sauce to make ka pow with tofu and basil. anyone have a rough idea on how to make the sauce?

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    reannd Oct 4, 2007 05:23 AM

    YES! okay. One of my fav fav things. Look up Pad Krapow or Pad Kapow.

    In thailand I got a spice bottle (dry shaker thing) that actually is Pad Krapow seasoning - pretty cool. In google, I found a ton of recipes (posted one below) .. but have learned it's totally to taste.

    What I normally do is just add oil, garlic & chilis in a pan.. stir fry a while. add tofu, onions, water, soy sauce and oyster sauce actually (not in the recipe below).. enough to cover the tofu liberally bc you'll be adding more stuff soon. then green + red peppers, mushrooms.. stir a little bit. add the thai basil, fish sauce and sugar at the end and taste it while you do it. the 3.5 T fish sauce to the ratio of food below sounds disgusting to me, but maybe you'll like it.

    what i've found is that basically the thai basil, sugar, chili combo is so awesome that it makes anything taste good. same thing tastes really good on eggplant instead of tofu.

    One online recipe:
    2 to 3 tablespoons oil
    3 cloves garlic, chopped
    3 to 4 large serrano chiles,
    thinly sliced
    1 1/2 cups ground chicken. - you would replace with tofu or asian eggplant-
    1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
    3 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
    1 tablespoon chile paste
    in soybean oil
    1 1/2 cups sliced white onions
    1/2 cup sliced green bell pepper
    1 cup Thai basil leaves
    1 teaspoon white pepper

    1. menuinprogress Oct 4, 2007 09:18 AM

      Here's our recipe for Pad Kra Praw. It's made with chicken, but I'm sure you could substitute tofu.

      Pad Kra Praw

      1 tablespoon canola oil
      1-2 garlic cloves, minced
      1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
      8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
      1/2 large onion, sliced into strips
      3 celery stalks, sliced
      2 fresh red chiles, seeded and finely chopped
      3/4 teaspoon chile paste (or to taste)
      2 tablespoons fish sauce
      1 tablespoon oyster sauce
      1 teaspoon sugar
      4-5 green onions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
      1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
      1/2 cup whole cashew nuts

      Stir together the fish sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Set aside.

      Heat oil over high heat. Add garlic and ginger, stir once, then add chicken, celery, onions and fresh chiles. Stir-fry 3-4 minutes or until chicken is nearly cooked through.

      Reduce heat to medium and stir in the chile paste and fish sauce mixture. Stir-fry another 2-3 minutes.

      Quickly stir in the green onions, basil leaves and cashews. Serve immediately with plain short-grain rice.

      http://menuinprogress.blogspot.com

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      1. re: menuinprogress
        rabidog Oct 4, 2007 07:53 PM

        thanks to all who have responded! i will have to do some sampling in the kitchen over the next few weeks! :)

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