THAI BEEF WITH HERBS (Basil, Mint and Cilantro)
1-pound ground beef
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium size onion, chopped
2 ½ Tablespoons fish sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 to 2 fresh limes, juiced
1 ½ teaspoons Sambal Oelek (or Sriracha or Gochujang) – more if you wish
½ teaspoon chili flakes or 1-2 Thai chile, minced
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small green bell pepper, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh basil, coarsely chopped (add more if you wish)
¼ cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped (add more if you wish)
¼ cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (add more if you wish)
Oil for sautéing and frying
In a pan, on medium heat, sauté garlic in hot oil until aromatic.
Add onions and let cook until tender.
You may turn the heat to high, then add the beef, making sure to break it up into small bits. Cook for the next 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour the fish sauce, then add the brown sugar and lime juice.
Add Sambal Oelek (or Sriracha or Gochujang)
Stir until sauce is fully incorporated into beef. Add chili flakes (or Thai chile). Stir.
Add the bell peppers. Stir.
Continue to cook until some bits of the beef get crispy (your preference--- you may opt not to have some crispy bits of beef).
Turn off heat.
Add herbs---- basil, mint and cilantro and stir to combine into dish.
Serve with steamed white rice and top with fried egg.
Using a different pan, you may fry the eggs at any point while cooking the beef, if you wish to top the dish with eggs.