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Khao Pad Gaprao (Thai Basil Fried Rice)

About the Dish:

Khao Pad Gaprao, also known as Thai Basil Fried Rice, is a popular Thai street food dish. It is a flavorful and aromatic rice dish stir-fried with Thai holy basil, vegetables, and a choice of protein such as chicken, beef, or shrimp. The dish is typically seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and chili for a spicy kick. It is commonly served with a fried egg on top and a side of fresh cucumber slices.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 900mg
Total Carbohydrates 45g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g


Ingredient Quantity
2 cups cooked jasmine rice
2 tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 cup diced vegetables (carrots, peas, corn, etc.)
1 cup protein (chicken, beef, shrimp)
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon chili sauce
1 cup Thai holy basil leaves
2 fried eggs (optional, for serving)
Fresh cucumber slices (for serving)

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and diced onion, and cook until fragrant.
  • Step 2: Add the diced bell pepper, diced vegetables, and protein of your choice. Stir-fry until the vegetables are tender and the protein is cooked through.
  • Step 3: Push the cooked vegetables and protein to one side of the wok or skillet. Add the cooked jasmine rice to the other side and break it up with a spatula to prevent clumping.
  • Step 4: Combine the vegetables, protein, and rice together in the wok or skillet. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and chili sauce. Stir-fry until everything is well combined and heated through.
  • Step 5: Remove the wok or skillet from the heat and stir in the Thai holy basil leaves. The residual heat will wilt the basil leaves.
  • Step 6: Serve the Khao Pad Gaprao hot with a fried egg on top and fresh cucumber slices on the side.

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