Stir Fried Thai Basil Minced Pork (Pad Kra Pao)

Irene's Cookery
by Irene's Cookery
3 - 4 Servings
30 min

You know sometimes when you go to a restaurant and you have no idea what to order, or even what you want to eat? When that happens in Thailand, Pad Kra Pao, a stir fried dish of minced pork with Thai holy basil, is a dish that comes to the rescue! This popular Thai dish has many English names: Pad Kra Pao, Pad Ka Prao, Pad Ka Pow, Pad Krapow and so on. But it doesn't matter what name it goes by, because it all points to the same delicious, rustic, spicy stir-fry featuring the aroma of holy basil. For a truly classic way to serve this dish, pour it over rice and top it with a fried egg!

A perfect stir fry all ready to be dished up!

One half, rice. One half, Pad Kra Pao. One whole, happy me!

Topped with a sunny side up egg.

Stir Fried Thai Basil Minced Pork (Pad Kra Pao)
Recipe details
  • 3 - 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 20 Minutes Total time: 30 min
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  • Neutral flavoured oil: 1 tablespoon
  • Pork, minced: 300 grams
  • Onion, diced: 1/2⠀
  • Garlic, minced: 5 cloves
  • Birds eye chilli (chilli padi), seeds removed, minced: 2⠀
For the seasoning
  • Oyster sauce: 1 tablespoon
  • Dark soya sauce: 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce: 2 teaspoons
  • Water: 2 tablespoons
  • Long beans, cut into short 1/2 inch lengths: 100 grams
  • Holy basil: 30 grams

Combine all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.
Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onion and chilli, stir-frying until aromatic.
Add the minced pork and sauce mixture, making sure to break the pork up while cooking. ⠀
When the pork is almost done, add long beans and stir-fry everything together until the pork is fully cooked.
Add the basil and mix everything well together. ⠀
Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve with steamed rice and a sunny side up egg (recommended!).
  • Leave the birds eye chilli (chilli padi) out if you prefer this dish to be non-spicy. Or use less or more - it's up to you! ⠀
  • Replace minced pork with chicken or use a mix of pork and chicken.
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