Thai basil beef, Pad gra prow (aka pad ka prao…) is one of my favorite Thai street foods. It consists of ground meat (usually pork) stir fried with Thai holy basil leaves, chili peppers, garlic, fish sauce, etc. served with steamed rice and fried egg.
The dish is filling, satisfying and scrumptious, regardless of how simple the ingredients are. With this simple recipe of pad gra prow, you can enjoy authentic Thai street food at home!
Ingredients (Serves 1):
- 100g ground meat*
- a handful of holy basil/ basil leaves
- 40g chopped shallots/ onions
- 1-2 small chilies, chopped
- 1/2 tbs cooking wine
- about 1tsb each: oyster sauce, fish sauce, soy sauce
- garlic paste to taste
- 1 large egg
*Meat of your choice.
Substitute basil for holy basil because holy basil is hard to find in stores
- Heat oil in a pan, add garlic paste, chopped chili and onions, saute over medium heat.
- When the onions become slightly browned, add ground meat and cooking wine, break meat into small pieces with a spatula, saute.
- Add fish sauce, oyster sauce, soy sauce when the meat is half cooked, stir-fry. Add 1 tsb of water if it’s too dry. Add basil leaves when the meat is cooked, turn off the oven, stir-fry with remaining heat.
（add a little bit of dark soy sauce if you want deeper color）
- When pad gra prow appears like picture 4, you know it’s ready to be served.
Serve with a fried egg over rice. Doesn’t the dish look exactly like those served in Thai restaurants?
Mix everything and enjoy!