Holy Basil Stir-Fry

Pat krapao, as it's called in Thai, is a rather 'standard' dish that you'll find available in just about every restaurant and road-side stall in Thailand. My Thai friends sometimes smile at my frequent orders for this dish, since many Thais consider it a bit pedestrian - what they order when they just can't think of anything else. I like to order pat krapao frequently not only because I like the flavor, but also because it's a remarkably flexible recipe. Every cook seems to have their own variation. Some put in more garlic, some more holy basil. In the north-east, some cooks add ginger as well. Every new stall or restaurant is an opportunity to sample a new variation on this recipe.

Pat Krapao
Stir-fried pork with holy basil and garlic

The dish is most commonly made with chicken or pork, but can also be made with minced prawn or beef. I've even seen it on offer made with frog or pigeon. You can add more vegetables to make it a bigger dish that serves more, or leave them out entirely if you plan to serve it with several other dishes. As I said, this is an infinitely variable dish, so use your own creativity to make your own signature dish.


Servings: 4

2 tbsp Vegetable oil
6 oz or chicken Pork, fresh, ground, raw
4 tsp ground Garlic
12 leaves Holy basil
1 pepper Red hot chilis (Thai)
1 pepper sliced diagonally Green hot chilis (Spur or Serano)
1 1/2 tbsp Soy sauce
1/2 cup slices Yardlong bean
30 grams sliced (optional) Baby Corn
1/2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
2 tsp Sugar


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in the wok. Put in the finely chopped garlic, mouse-dropping chillies and meat, and stir-fry until cooked.
  2. Season with soy sauces, oyster sauce, sugar, spur chili, fresh hot basil leaves and vegetables.
  3. Transfer to a serving dish.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 144
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated 4g 19%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars 3g  
Protein 9g