Thai people migrated south from China approximately 4,000 years ago.
Because of that, Thai cuisine is influenced by Chinese methods like stir frying. Indian and Middle Eastern flavors have also played a part in Thai cuisine from foreign trade and the Spice Trade route (established during the late 1400’s)
Thai cuisine can be divided into 4 regions; Northern (Chiang Mai), North Eastern (Isaan), Central (Bangkok) and Southern. This dish is from the Central region.
South East Asian Food is intimidating. Vegan South East Asian food is really intimidating. But as it turns out it is not as hard as you might think.
In my book Bold Vegan – Food of South East Asia you can have your kitchen smelling like a Thai restaurant in no time. Even if you aren’t used to cooking Asian food, it is broken down for you in easy step by step instructions with the help of pictures.
Here is one of the recipes that you will find in the book.
Happy Meatless Monday!
Stir Fried Thai Basil with Tofu and Eggplant
Serves 2 – 4
Gluten free if using gluten free soy sauce
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
1/2 Tablespoon (7 ml) oil (1 Tablespoon or 14 ml if you don’t have a non-stick pan)
2 cups (290 g) firm tofu, rinsed, drained and cut into 1 inch cubes.
1 Tablespoon (10 g) fresh red chili, minced (take out seeds if you don’t want it spicy)
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups (145 g) Japanese Eggplant, cut into 1 inch rounds and then cut into quarters
1 cup (150 g) Red Bell Pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
1 cup (25 g) Thai basil leaves
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Soy sauce
2 teaspoons (10 g) Sugar
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Sesame oil
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) water
HOW TO DO IT
Make sauce by whisking all 4 sauce ingredients together. Set aside.
Heat oil on medium/high in a large non-stick skillet.
Add tofu and red chili and cook for 5 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
Add eggplant, red peppers and basil and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Add sauce and stir to combine.
Cook for 2 more minutes, turn off heat and cover.
Covering the dish will allow the steam to make the eggplant a little softer.
After 3 or 4 minutes, take off the lid and serve.
Garnish with fresh Thai basil and serve with brown or jasmine rice.
Molly Patrick has worked in the vegan food realm since 2003. She has done everything from opening vegan restaurants from the ground up to writing vegan cookbooks. She is currently wrapping her up her second cookbook, due out summer 2013. Read her blog or sign up for her free emails. Follow her on twitter Facebook