90 mlvegetable oil2garlic cloves, finely chopped600 gmcoarsely minced pork100 gmsnake beans (about ½ bunch), cut into 2cm lengths4red shallots, thinly sliced1 tbsproasted chilli paste (see note)70 mlfish sauce, or to taste1½ tbsp eachdark soy sauce and sweet soy sauce, or to taste1 tspcaster sugar, or to taste¾ cup (loosely packed)Thai basil (see note)4eggsTo serve:steamed jasmine rice and thinly sliced long red chilli
Heat 60ml oil in a wok or deep-sided frying pan over high heat. Add garlic and pork, stir-fry until beginning to brown (2-3 minutes). Add beans, shallot and chilli paste, stir-fry until fragrant (1-2 minutes), add fish sauce and soy sauces and cook until pork is cooked through and liquid is reduced by half (3-4 minutes). Season to taste with sugar, fish sauce, soy sauces and freshly ground pepper, remove from heat, stir through basil.
Meanwhile, heat half the remaining oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, crack two eggs into pan and cook until eggwhite starts to brown around edges (1 minute), cover, cook until yolk is cooked to your liking (1-2 minutes for soft yolks), transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and eggs.
Serve pork mixture and steamed rice in bowls, topped with a fried egg and thinly sliced chilli, with extra fish sauce to taste.
Note Roasted chilli paste is available from select Asian grocers. If Thai basil is unavailable, substitute regular basil.
This recipe is from the October 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.