June 24

Stir-fried Pork With Basil – ผัดกะเพรา – Phat Gaprao – Thai recipe


Phat Gaprao is a unique dish that is usually eaten with rice. It can be cooked from chicken, beef or pork, the name of the dish changing according to the variety of meat used: Phat Gaprao Gai, Phat Gaprao Nua, Phat Gaprao Mou. The small pieces of meat are cooked with soy sauce, chili, sugar, basil, garlic and small green beans.

Stir-fried Pork With Basil – ผัดกะเพรา – Phat Gaprao – Thai recipe

The chilli tends to give the dish a certain strength but it can be prepared without it and still retain its flavours. Moreover, Thai people like to order a Phat Gaprao topped with a fried egg (Khai Dao). 


  • 400 g ground pork you can use chicken, beef or shrimps instead
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 sprigs of holy basil 
  • 50 g long beans
  • A few red chillies according to your preference 
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 shallots
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • Oil (vegetable)
  • Rice


Prepare your ingredients

Before cooking your dish, cut your ingredients: shallots, garlic cloves, beans in small pieces as well as your chillies if you wish to use them. 


Heat some oil in a wok or frying pan. Add the garlic, the chillies and the shallots. Once the ingredients are colored, add the 400 g of ground pork and season it.

Cook the pork, stirring regularly. It must be well cooked and not give any more juice. 

Once cooked, add the sugar, then the oyster sauce. Wait a few seconds until the sauce is well incorporated then add the soy sauce. Stir well and then add the chopped beans. 

Once everything is cooked, add your basil and stir it into the rest of the mixture. 

The cooking is finished. 


Last touch

Beforehand, cook your white rice so that you can serve it with the pork with basil. 

Once everything is ready, this dish is often served with a fried egg. In Thailand, it will often be cooked or fried in oil. You can take the oil from the rest of your pork preparation in your wok or pan to cook your fried eggs. 

In a plate, put a portion of rice, add your meat and then put your fried egg on top. 


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