Pad Ga-Prao Muu (Thai Minced Pork With Holy Basil)

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Thai Minced Pork With Basil

Pad Gao-Prao Muu, or Thai minced pork with holy basil, is a uniquely Thai roadside dish commonly served with plain white rice and a sunny-side-up. What makes this dish unique is the holy basil – a variant of basil that cannot be found in any other supermarkets than Thai specialty stores. This renders the cooking of the dish a challenge; otherwise, it makes for a really lovely dish to prepare after a busy day at work.


  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Chilli padi: 5, chopped finely
  • Garlic: 1 clove, chopped finely
  • Minced pork: 200g, with 1 tbsp cornstarch mixed in
  • Long bean: 1 cup, sliced into 1cm strips
  • Fish sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Black soy sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Oyster sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1/2 tsp
  • Water: 1/2 cup
  • Holy basil: 1 cup (50g), washed, stems discarded


  1. Heat oil in wok. Add chillies and garlic to stir-fry.
  2. Add pork into wok. Stir-fry to cook. Break it up into crumbs.
  3. Add long beans, sauces and sugar. Stir to infuse sauces into pork.
  4. Add water and basil. Stir quickly. Switch off heat once basil is wilted.
  5. Serve hot with rice and a sunny-side-up.

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  • Add mint leaves into your stir-fry for an added minty flavour.


  • It is common to see Thai food stores selling variants of this dish using minced chicken instead of pork.

2 persons as side dish

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    2 Responses to Pad Ga-Prao Muu (Thai Minced Pork With Holy Basil)

    1. Angie says:

      Would definitely try this! Is Thai basil the same as holy basil?

    2. cllism says:

      Afraid not. Thai basil and Thai holy basil are 2 different variants. The latter is not easily accessible outside of Thailand, and in that case, you could consider using Thai basil as an alternative. It gives an equally fragrant and uniquely herbal taste to the minced pork dish.

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