Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) everyone!
It is a known fact that famously delicious Thai food holds a wide range of complex flavours and variety of dishes. But have you ever wondered what most Thai people would turn to when they are more indecisive?
Pad Kra Phao is arguably one of Thailand’s, if not, the favourite stir-fry dish. It is often served with rice and a fried egg on top. In our opinion, this dish is essentially comparable to the ever-satisfaction of the cheese burger or pizza for a Thai person. In the sense that you are almost guaranteed to be content with the order.
The ingredients to Pad Kra Phao consists of meat (typically mince pork or chicken), the different sauces, sugar, shallots, white pepper and chopped and grounded fresh garlic and chillies. What gives Pad Kra Phao its unique flavour and aroma is the generous addition of the Holy Basil to sweet, salty and spicy stir fry.
Pad Kra Phao’s spiciness is perfectly balanced out with the fragrant and soft texture of the jasmine rice that is further complimented with the rich and bold taste of Kai Dao(fried egg). This truly gives this somewhat simple dish its superfluous yet paradoxically balanced outcome in every bite.
You can generally find Pad Kra Phao anywhere in these “Order to cook” street food stalls (Aharn Taarm Sung). If you are craving this dish, here’s how you can order it!
Pad = to stir-fry
Kra-Phao = Basil
Moo Sub = pig + chopped = Mince pork
Ghai = chicken
Nuea = Beef
Kai Dao = Fried Egg
Therefore, to order this dish, here are a few tips for you to customize your dish:
  1. “Can I please have a dish of Pad Kra Phao with mince pork and a fried egg?”
Ask + Pad Kra Phao + mince pork + fried egg + one + serving + polite ending (krub/ka)
= Kor + Pad Kra Phao + Moo Sub + Tee + Neung Krub/ Ka
  1. “Can you please make the egg-yolk a little runny?”
Ask + fried egg + not + cooked + too much + Na* _
Kor + Kai Dao + Mai + Sook + Mak + Na*Krub/Ka
  1. “Can you please make the egg-yolk cooked?” (for those who may not like the taste of the egg-yolk)
Ask + fried egg + cooked + cooked + too much + Na*
Kor + Kai Dao + Sook + Sook + Na*Krub/Ka
Trivia: the Na is often used at the end of the sentence before the polite ending words of Krub/ Ka. There is no direct translation for Na but it is often used to make a sentence a little softer, less harsh/ rushed or more agreeable.
Now that you know a little more about one of Thailand’s most beloved dishes, go out and explore for yourselves!
Happy huntings everyone,

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