This dish makes use of one of the three types of basil used in Thai cooking. This one is known as Bai Graphrao (ใบกระเพรา) – Holy Basil, which can often be difficult to find outside of SE Asia. The other two types are known as Bai Horapha (ใบโหระพา), better known as your normal Thai Basil and Bai Maenglak (ใบแมงลัก),….
A close relation to the Rendang curries of Malaysia and Indonesia, this curry is a favourite of all Thais. It is not as hot as other curries, and is rich and creamy from the coconut cream and peanuts. Thais do not normally like to eat beef, but this curry is the exception. Chicken or pork can also be substituted….