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“One of the many reasons that Southeast Asian cuisine has become so popular is the way that its sweet, sour, spicy, and salty flavors dance around in your mouth. Stir-fries - the ultimate one-pot dish - cook within minutes, only adding to their appeal. Be sure to do all your chopping and slicing before you start cooking because it happens so fast. Fresh Thai basil leaves, with their mild anise aroma, are easy to find at Asian and natural food stores, or just use the familiar Italian basil.”
In a small bowl, whisk the oyster sauce, vinegar, fish sauce, and sesame oil together and set aside.
Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the inside of the wok. Add the onion and bell peppers and stir-fry for about 3 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften. Add the chile, garlic, shallot, and ginger and stir-fry for about 15 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the shrimp and stir-fry for about 2 minutes, or until they begin to turn opaque. Add the reserved sauce and peanuts, and stir-fry for about 1 minute, or until the shrimp are just pink and cooked through. Stir in the basil leaves. Season to taste with salt.
Transfer the stir-fry to a platter. Sprinkle with the scallions and sesame seeds, and serve immediately.