How to Identify Holy Basil + Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Holy Basil (“Pad Kaprao Moo”) Recipe

One of my absolute favorite “standard issue” Thai dishes, found in just about any Thai restaurant in Bangkok from the humblest sidewalk shack to 5-star hotel restaurants with riverside views, is spicy stir-fried fill-in-the-blank-with-your-preferred-protein with holy basil (“pad kaprao”).  Usually served in individual portions over rice as a complete 1-dish meal, rather than part of an ensemble meal, it is also a local favorite.  While I took to it immediately, in the beginning it confounded me, Continue reading “How to Identify Holy Basil + Spicy Stir-fried Pork with Holy Basil (“Pad Kaprao Moo”) Recipe”

Ode to a Favorite Market Bag + a Splendid Poached Chicken Recipe

I said good-bye to a friend last week.  She had been with me for nearly as long as I’ve lived here in Thailand, accompanying me on nearly every significant market trip.   She was predominantly light blue and green in color and composed of an inexpensive Continue reading “Ode to a Favorite Market Bag + a Splendid Poached Chicken Recipe”