Lowell Southeast Asia fans -need help finding a dish
Back in the days of the SE Asia restaurant buffet. There were a couple dishes on the buffet labelled "blazing hot".. one of them was a ground chicken with basil dish. Some days it was painful to eat, but i loved it. Cant find it like that anywhere.. From their current website, i think it was this: Phad Prig Bai Grapao
Ground chicken with Thai basil, chili peppers, onions. A real bowl of fire!
I have had Grapao at various thai restaurants but nothing close to what the SE Asia version was..
Anyone remember this?? know a place to get such a thing?
Its a pretty common dish - labels can vary though. Chicken Gra Pow, for example. If I remember correctly the English version is "Chicken with Holy Basil"
Back in their heyday, I tried to replicate the blazing hot dishes at home. Most of the other phat prik bai grapao dishes I've seen use sliced chicken and long cut veggies. The dish I came up with was pretty close.
BTW, the toughest to replicate was their version of nam prik ong (the blazing pork dish). I swear that early on, they had a long list of ingredients for that in the menu, but I've never been able to find a similar recipe, or make anything that comes close.