A popular Thai dish, pad kra pao, or pad krapow, is a delicious stir-fry with holy basil, chilies & ground meat. It’s easy to make at home & you get to adjust the amount of oil & chilies used to make the dish healthier & less spicy if you prefer.
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Ingredients (2 servings)
5 thai chilies
5 cloves garlic
60g green beans
400g lean ground pork
30g holy basil leaves
2 tsp grapeseed oil
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp monk fruit erithrytol sweetener
2 servings steamed rice
2 fried eggs (optional)
Cut green beans into shorter pieces and dice onion.
Using a mortar and pestle, pound chilies and garlic into a paste.
Make the stir-fry sauce by combing all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl.
Heat up oil in a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add chili and garlic mixture and stir-fry until fragrant and garlic turns golden brown.
Add ground pork and cook until it starts to change color.
Add sauce and continue stir-frying for 30 seconds.
Add green beans and onions and continue stir-frying until pork is cooked through.
Turn off the heat and stir in holy basil.
Serve hot over steamed rice/ cauliflower rice. Top with a fried egg if desired. Enjoy!
I used pork but you can use your favorite protein of choice. This dish is most commonly made with ground chicken but essentially any protein will work well.
Adjust the amount of chilies used according to your spice tolerance.
You can use cauliflower rice if you prefer.
If you can’t find holy basil, you can substitute with Thai basil or even regular sweet basil.
You may substitute monkfruit erithrytol sweetener with any other sweetener of choice.