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Thai Pad Kra Pao Recipe for Stir Fried Pork and Holy Basil with Fried Egg. 10 most popular recipes of October 2021. Copyright © 2021 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.
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Pad Kra Pao Recipe – Pork Stir-Fry with Holy Basil

This Thai pad kra pao recipe for stir fried pork and holy basil with fried egg is a breakfast staple of street food stalls all over Thailand. A paste of chilli and garlic is combined with ground pork, a rich sauce and holy basil. Topped with a fried egg and served with prik nam pla and jasmine rice, it’s a filling breakfast dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Thai
Servings: 2
Calories: 643kcal
Author: Terence Carter


  • 300 g minced pork chicken or beef
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 long red chillies
  • 4 bird's eye chillies
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or rendered pork fat
  • ½ cup long beans cut into 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • Sauce
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce to taste
  • 2 tbsp stock or water


  • 1 handful holy basil leaves

Prik Nam Pla

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 2 bird's eye chillies sliced
  • 1 garlic clove peeled and crushed into small pieces


  • In a mortar and pestle, pound the chillis into a paste. Add the garlic and incorporate well.
  • Make the sauce by combining all the ingredients well.
  • Mix the prik nam pla sauce in a serving bowl.
  • In a well-seasoned wok over medium-high heat, add the oil and the chilli and garlic paste and stir fry until aromatic – do not let the garlic burn. Add the long bean pieces.
  • Add the mince and stir-fry until cooked through, breaking up any clumps with a stiff wire whisk.
  • Add the sauce and mix well until the sauce starts to thicken. Check for seasoning and add extra fish sauce as needed. Take off the heat and a few basil leaves.
  • Fry the eggs to your liking, we like our yolks soft.
  • As they cook, mix through the rest of the basil.
  • Serve on plates with a good scoop of steamed jasmine rice. Place the mince mix on top and then the egg.
  • Pour over some prik nam pla on the egg and serve.


Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 272mg | Sodium: 2859mg | Potassium: 1289mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2221IU | Vitamin C: 277mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 5mg