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Pad Kra Pao (Thai Holy Basil Stir Fry)

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 4-5 bird's eye chili pepper (Thai chili pepper)
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 lb ground pork or ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • ½ tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-2 cups Thai holy basil removed from stem or Thai basil or Italian basil
  • avocado oil or any cooking oil
  • 1-4 crispy fried eggs (1 egg per serving)
  • cooked jasmine rice


  1. Add the bird's eye chili garlic, and a pinch of salt into a mortar and crush with a pestle into a rough paste.

  2. Preheat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat with about 1-2 tbsp of avocado oil.

  3. Add the chili pepper and garlic paste and cook for about 30-45 seconds. Make sure to move the paste so it doesn't burn.

  4. Next add in the ground pork. Break up the pork and cook until 90% cooked.

  5. When the ground pork is almost cooked add in the oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, dark soy sauce, and sugar. Mix until well combined.

  6. Throw in the Thai holy basil, turn off the heat, and continue to stir fry until the basil has wilted from the residual heat.

  7. Serve with crispy fried eggs and hot jasmine rice.