Easy Quarantine Recipe: Thai Stir-Fried Pork with Holy Basil (Pad Khrapao)

Since we are all stuck at home, I am trying to find more ways to create variety in our daily menu without having to look for hard to find ingredients. My latest experiment is a simple Thai stir-fried pork with holy basil or Pad Khrapao.

My Thai stir-fried pork with holy basil


500g lean ground pork

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1 head garlic, minced

1 capsicum or any chili (and any quantity) you like, chopped.

1 packed cup Thai basil or Italian basil if you can’t find the Asian one.

Ground Pork


1 tbsp. Thai fish sauce

3 tbsp. soy sauce

3 tbsp. oyster sauce

1 tbsp. brown sugar

Fish Sauce, Soy Sauce, Oyster Sauce


  1. In a wok, heat up some oil and soften the onions, chili and garlic.
  2. Turn up the heat and stir-fry the pork until fully cooked and brown on the edges.
  3. Add the sauces, sugar and half a cup of water.
  4. Once the water evaporates, add the basil and fold it in until the leaves wilt. 
  5. Serve immediately with plain white rice and a spicy papaya or green mango salad!

Watch me make it in the video below: