Pad Kra Pao Moo (Stir Fried Pork with Thai Holy Basil) is one of my favorite ways to eat Thai Holy Basil. Thai Holy Basil is a peppery and pungent alternative to the traditional Thai basil you often see used in stir frys and curries. This dish has few ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes, making it the perfect way to take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand without breaking the bank!
How I Came Across Thai Holy Basil
I am a big fan. Actually of all basils.
So naturally, the first time I heard there was a Thai Holy basil, I was very keen on trying it.
I think the first time I came across this was when I was watching a video by Mark Wiens. (He has a pretty extensive blog on Thai street food, worth checking out.)
Ever since seeing that and having my first taste, it easily became one of my favorite herbs.
The only other dish I’ve used this for is Thai basil chicken (Mark’s version).
That is another super easy and super tasty dish that isn’t that different from this one!
Sourcing Thai Holy Basil
If you have difficulty sourcing Thai Holy basil, your best bet may be to grow your own!
I actually bought my seeds on Amazon and they germinated really well!
It grows quickly just like regular basil and if you have an Aerogarden or grow it hydroponically, you’ll be able to harvest within 3-4 weeks of planting.
Here’s some that I grew earlier this year!
Holy Basil tea
Thai Holy Basil has another name, Tulsi and is used medicinally in Ayurveda (as a tea).
Since I had a steady supply of the leaves, I gave the tea a try.
The tea tastes just like the leaves, nice and peppery. And I thought it was pretty tasty with a little sugar.
There’s different recipes you can try, some with just water and some with tea leaves or other things mixed in.
If you’ve had basil ice cream or mint tea, you know how the aromatic flavors can add some character to the mix.
That’s what Holy Basil did for me.
It’s a nice way to cool down and get refreshed, especially on a hot day!
Pad Kra Pao Moo (Stir Fried Pork with Thai Holy Basil)
See that (above)?
Those are the dominant flavors in this dish.
Garlic and basil.
They’re best friends.
If you like both, I think you’ll have a good chance of liking this dish!
Of course you have your sauces too, but the garlic and basil are a powerful combo and are probably my favorite part of this dish!
Serve this with jasmine rice, fried egg, maybe even some Prik Pao and you are set!!
Let me know what you think!
(video demo below!)
In case you missed them, here are some of my other Thai recipes!
- Pad Kra Pao Moo (Stir Fried Pork with Thai Holy Basil)
- How to make Pad Kee Mao (drunken noodles) Easy and Quick
- Thai Green Curry with Eggplant and Chicken
- Thai Food Supplies
- Thai Stir Fried Tofu with Green Beans and Red Curry Paste a.k.a Phat Phrik Khing
- How I do Thai Iced Tea