Mm yes, no time for elaboration, this was just a surprisingly authentic-tasting version of Spicy Basil Anything.
spicy basil tofu.
cornmeal or semolina for making a thin non-stick coating
your favorite frying medium
6 cloves garlic
1 small onion or the equivalent amount of shallots
2 tsp fresh cilantro roots/stems
2 stalks fresh lemongrass (the lower 3 inches of the stalk, tough outer leaves discarded), chopped
2 tsp of fresh galangal root (laos)
2 tbsp peanut or coconut oil
1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes (or less, mine were pretty mild...the original recipe calls for 8-10 dried red chiles)
1/2 tsp salt
2 or 3 bell peppers, red or yellow, sliced
1 fresh red Holland chile, sliced
1 small sweet onion, sliced
2 tbsp fish sauce or good soy sauce
2 tsp brown sugar
one seriously big handful of Thai holy basil, or failing that, reglar ol' basil
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