Pork & Holy Basil Stir-fry (Pad Kra Pao)
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This pad kra pao (pork & holy basil-stir-fry) features a key ingredient: holy basil! With jasmine rice, it's perfection. And it only takes minutes to make.
Recipe type: Pork
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 2 to 3 servings
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 7 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 3 Thai bird or holland chilies, de-seeded (if desired) and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thin/light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • ⅓ cup low sodium chicken broth or water
  • holy basil leaves (about 1½ cups packed)
  1. In a wok over medium high heat, add the oil, shallots and garlic, and fry for 3 minutes. Add the chilies and cook for another minute. Crank up the heat to high, and add the ground pork, breaking it up into small bits and allowing it to crisp up.
  2. Add the sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Stir-fry for another minute and deglaze the pan with the broth or water. Because your pan is over high heat, the liquid should cook off very quickly. Add the basil, and stir-fry until wilted. Serve over rice.
Recipe by The Woks of Life at https://thewoksoflife.com/pad-kra-pao/