Holy Basil Stir-Fry (Pad Gaprao)

By March 19, 2020March 23rd, 2020Pork/Veal
Holy Basil Stir-Fry (Pad Gaprao)

This quick and easy stir-fry is very popular in Thailand, often served with a fried egg on top



Prep time

5-8 Minutes

Cooking time

5 Minutes


  • 2 red birds-eye chillies, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • ½ long red chilli, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1½ tablespoons chopped beans
  • 1 green shallot, thinly sliced
  • 150-200g pork mince or mince of choice
  • ½ tablespoon oyster sauce
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Thai dark soy sauce *see note
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ cup holy basil leaves, roughly chopped *see note


  • Add chillies and garlic to a mortar and pestle, pound to a rough paste
  • Heat oil in wok over a medium heat and cook the garlic and chilli paste
  • Add chicken and stir while cooking, break up any lumps that form 
  • Add sauces, sugar and water, stir to combine
  • Add shallots and beans, stir until pork is cooked through
  • Remove from heat and add the basil, stir 
  • Serve with steamed rice and Enjoy!


  • Thai dark soy sauce has a similar taste to molasses
  • Holy basil has a liquorice flavour similar to fennel

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