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Thai Pad Ka Prao

A savory and aromatic holy basil stir fry with pork is a popular Thai dish. This pad ka prao recipe is the best to serve with jasmine rice and crispy pan fried egg. Simple and delicious phat kaphrao dish or meal can be done in 15 minutes! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 403kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1.5 pounds Ground pork
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 2 Shallot
  • 1 cup Sweet Thai basil
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil (1 tablespoon for stir fry garlic & shallot, 1 tablespoon for pan fried eggs)
  • Chili peppers (optional 1-2 depends how much you can handle spicy food)


  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons Fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • ½ tablespoon Tamarind concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon Lime juice


  • 3 Pan fried eggs
  • Some Jasmine Rice


  • Minced 5 cloves of garlic. 
  • Next, minced 2 heads of shallot.
  • After, pour 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into a non-stick pan. Then, add minced garlic, shallot and stir fry them a little bit. 
  • The following, add 1.5 pounds of ground pork and stir fry them until it changes color.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1.5 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and ½ tablespoon of tamarind concentrate. Keep stir frying for a couple minutes. 
  • After that, add a cup of sweet Thai basil. Turn off the fire and stir fry them a little bit. 
  • Pour 1 teaspoon of lime juice and mix them a little bit. 
  • Lastly, pour 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil into a non-stick pan and crack three eggs. Pan fry the eggs until the edges of white are golden brown. Pad ka pao is the best to serve with jasmine rice and pan fried egg. 



Cooking tips for how to make Thai pad ka pao:

  • Stir fry ground pork until it changes color then add brown sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, tamarind concentrate and stir fry a little bit. 
  • Add sweet Thai basil and stir fry a little bit then turn off the fire. Pour the lime juice. 
  • Pan fry the eggs until the edges are a little crispy and the yolk is still little liquid. It is best to mix with hot rice and pork pad ka pao.



Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 619mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg