Pad Kra Pow Recipe – ผัดกะเพรา

It’s been a long weekend. My mom fell at home and broke her hip. She is in the hospital since, having x-rays, etc…etc… In a few hours’ time, we will be hearing from the doctor if she needs surgery. I may not be able to do any posting the next few days but here’s a recipe to keep you busy.

As I mentioned countless times before, Valerie cooks without proper recipes so I had to see and gauge what she throws into the pan. This may not be authentic by Thai standard but I hope you’ll enjoy our home-cooked version all the same.

We often cook late at night when the children come home so we make do with whatever ingredients we can get shopping after work at our local supermarket.

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Chop chilli, garlic and shallot till fine.
If you have pestle and mortar, you may pound them coarsely for better flavour.

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Add oil to pan over medium high heat and stir fry the minced or pounded chillies, garlic and shallot until fragrant.

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Once the garlic becomes golden on the edges, add ground pork and stir-fry till they turn opaque.

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Add oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and stir well.
Add the dark soy or kicap manis for light colouring (about half to one teaspoon).

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Add a little water to the meat.
It should be moist not gravy like.
Let meat simmer till fully cooked.

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Taste and adjust seasonings.
Lower heat and tear Thai basil with hands instead of chopping with knife, the fragrance is released better that way.

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Give it a few quick stir and serve hot with Thai Jasmine rice.

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Have some fried eggs if you wish.

Pad Kra Pow Recipe – ผัดกะเพรา

Ingredients:
500g Pork, minced (you may substitute with ground/finely diced chicken).
5 Chilli Padi, minced (more or less to taste, pounded with garlic and shallot for better taste).
5 cloves Garlic (more or less to your liking).
1 Shallot.
1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce.
1 tablespoon Fish Sauce (adjust during final seasoning).
1 teaspoon Sugar.
A little Dark Soy or Kicap Manis (for colouring).
50 – 100ml Water.
1 cup Thai Basil Leaves.
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil.

Method:
1. Add oil to pan over medium high heat and stir fry the minced or pounded chillies, garlic and shallot until fragrant. We couldn’t get hold of shallots that night.

2. Once the garlic becomes golden on the edges, add ground pork and stir-fry till they turn opaque.

3. Add oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar and stir well. Add the dark soy or kicap manis for light colouring (about half to one teaspoon). We used dark soy that night as we do not have kicap manis. Kicap Manis (kicap = ketchup and manis = sweet) so you may want to take note if you’re watching your sugar intake.

4. Add a little water to the meat. It should be moist not gravy like. Let meat simmer till fully cooked.

5. Taste and adjust seasonings.

6. Lower heat and tear Thai basil with hands instead of chopping with knife, the fragrance is released better that way.

7. Give it a few quick stir and serve hot with Thai Jasmine rice.

8. Have some fried eggs if you wish.

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I think Pad Krapow means Stir-fry with Basil.
You may use Chicken or Pork.
I don’t know if it is alright to say this… perhaps you can use beef even.

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Our dinner.
Home-cooked Pad Krapow.

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We like to eat this one-dish meal with fried eggs.

And we made ice tea with these 3-in-1 bags. Yes, everything is short cut when we do not have the luxury of time.

And we made ice tea with these 3-in-1 bags.
Yes, everything is short cut when we do not have the luxury of time.

I don’t have the exact figure but it is safe to say that this meal cost around, if not less than, S$20 inclusive of everything; pork, basil, garlic, chillies, rice, eggs, and tea. If you portion 100g of meat per person, this dish serves 5.

Happy eating 🙂

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Comments
6 Responses to “Pad Kra Pow Recipe – ผัดกะเพรา”
  1. audreyyoung7 says:

    Oh Sam, I hope your mother is ok!

  2. LFFL says:

    I love the addition of the basil. That stuff smells so good!

  3. Lignum Draco says:

    Sorry to hear about your mum. I hope it all turns out well for her.

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Draco! We were lucky she had her surgery yesterday and need not wait longer (she was in terrible pain). But all is better now. Really appreciate your concern 😀

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