Heat oil in a wok. When hot, throw a handful of basil leaves in and cover immediately (since the oil will sizzle and spit). Remove after only a few seconds and dry on absorbent paper.
Chop remaining basil leaves.
Reheat oil. Fry the garlic and shallots for a few moments. Add ginger, chilies, chicken and chopped basil. Serve with fish sauce poured over and topped with fried basil leaves.
From the Dinner Co-op