Sunday, March 28, 2010

Khao Phat Kaphrao ข้าวผัดกะเพรา Thai Fried Rice With Holy Basil

A Thai street food week won't be complete without a good Thai fried rice. With all the remaining leftovers in the fridge, fried rice was the obvious choice for my Saturday night dinner. Being one of the most versatile dish, fried rice can look and taste very differently depending on the ingredients and seasoning one adds to it, so be creative and as long as you get a few crucial things right you'll be getting perfect fried rice time after time.
Here are a few other variations I have done before, please have a look;
P.S make sure you are using cold rice, if you are using freshly cooked rice spread it out on a plate and chill in the fridge for a little while. 

recipe per serve
you'll need;
1 cup of cooked rice (cold rice from the previous night is the best)
1/4 of an onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bird chillies, chopped
1/2 green chili, chopped
handful of sliced chillies
handful of holy basil 
4 prawns, shelled and chopped
a little meat of your choice
2 stalks of kailan, sliced at an angle 
dash of soy
dash of oyster sauce
dash of fish sauce
white pepper to taste

Saute chopped garlic and chillies follow by the prawns and meat of your choice.

Push the fried mixture to aside, when the wok heats up again add a little more oil and crack an egg in. Wait for it to set a little before scrambling it.

Add the rice and fry on high heat for a few minutes, add seasonings.

Next add kailan and sliced onion, continue to fry for a minute or til kailan is cook but remains crisp.

Finally chuck in the holy basil and the sliced chillies, cook for a further 30 seconds.

Serve immediately with cut chillies in fish sauce. 

If you are greedy like me, add an extra fried egg on top.


  1. I think I have mastered the art of fried rice :) I will try this with the leftovers! Btw we tried out all the rice noodle dishes with great success! What is coming up next week? :)

  2. WOW! I just had Thai fried rice at a hawker's last night and it was so delicious. And here you are, showing me how it's done. :) What is the reason for using 3 types of chillies? I'd love to try making this for myself at home some time. I actually prefer Thai fried rice to Chinese fried rice,even though both are so delicious. Great dish, my friend!

  3. Delicious dish! So glad I found a recipe through your blog that will allow me to use up my thai basil in the pot!

  4. I have made another version of Thai Fried Rice ... using Chili Bean Paste Oil (Pantai Brand) and Crab/Shrimp Mince/Paste (also pantai brand).

    But, I like your version much better! Can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love fried rice and I will use some of the holy basil I just bought for this. I have enjoyed your street food week!

  6. I love fried rice, but I seldom make it...I usually eat it at the Chinese restraunt...This looks so delicious. I will have to try it.

  7. i have never had thai style fried rice,but this definitely seems looks very colourful & full of flavours.

  8. That looks super yummy. I love the use of holy basil. It has a rather distinctive taste that is very addictive

  9. mmm i love fried rice! so easy to cook and takes up all the bits of food in the fridge into a meal!

    i never made this style before. reminds me of mi goreng rice probably cause of the egg on top ? looks good and i bet you its tastes really good too!

    wish i was your neighbour lol

  10. Always a great way to use up leftovers. This sounds really interesting, I normally make the Chinese style, I think my bf is going to like this! :)

  11. After a very busy weekend I'm going to try one of your fried rice dishes tonight. It's a shame I can't get any holy basil now :(

  12. selamat tengahari:)anda sangat suka cili ya semua masakan anda pedas..sedap kan?..makcik agak keliru adakah holy basil sama dengan thai basil atau kemangin?

  13. love to eat,
    Oh I am glad to hear the rice noodle dishes came out ok. I haven't thought about that just yet, can be anything really :)

    Ju ,
    Haha what a coincident :) I hope you will try this at home soon.

    tasteofbeirut ,
    I am glad to know this is of any help to you :)

    Tricia ,
    I have those paste in my fridge too which I add to my fried rice too. Let me know if you do try it :)

    darren ,
    Thank you! Happy cooking!

    Bo ,
    Try this sometimes, it taste rather different from the Chinese version .
    Sushma Mallya ,
    Thank you! Try it soon :)

    penny ,
    Thank you! It does add such wonderful flavour to any dish.

    Thank you! I love adding fried eggs to everything :)
    Come visit soon!

    Make some for him soon!

    Let me know which one you end up making :)

    makcikmanggis ,
    Salam makcik, saya memang suka cili :) holy basil tu kemangi, ia banyak diguna untuk ulamkah?

  14. Hey buddy looks like we are not the only one that tried out all 3 rice noodle dishes. We are have a favourite now, mine is the drunken noodle of course. Unfortunately we used up all the holy basil, it sure looks good! Cheers buddy!

  15. You can find many good Thai Fried rice at the food court nowadays. So nice to see your post today, next time I can cook it myself.

  16. What a great way to use leftovers!
    Def. gotta give this a try!
    Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!
    Betty xx

  17. Love the fact that this has different taste and textures coming from different ingredients! Leftover rice put to use in one of the best way possible!

  18. Yum, yum, yum, I love Thai fried rice too but the restaurant/bought version is always a bit too oily. Now I can DIY, thanks!

  19. Mmm....lovely dish. I have just finished my lunch of fried rice so I don't feel so suffering now seeing your fried rice here :D

  20. Thats a fantastic rice dish, looks super delicious..

  21. MMM Holy Basil! :D Beautiful looking street food :D

  22. this dish is a hymn to spring thanks Bye from Paris PIerre

  23. So full of flavors,love the yummy platter of food :D

  24. Love basil flavoured dishes! And this one looks so GOOD!

  25. Oh yes, love Thai basil in a spicy fried rice. Looks delicious!

  26. I love rice in all its forms. Dliciosa receta.

  27. Thats an amazing fried rice....loved the flavour of basil

  28. you always make me crave for Thai food!

  29. This must be so aromatic while you are frying....and the way you fry the rice is so classic (from how you fry the egg). :)

  30. I loved visiting Thailand and trying all the amazing treats... now I can cook them at home too. Yay.

    Well, maybe.. cook / burn - same thing right?

  31. I went out and tried some holy basil after using it in your last post and it's great! I love it.

    It would be the perfect touch to this dish!

  32. hello there..nice blog..i follow

  33. Your fried rice looks so yummy. Yes, when we dine in Ipoh Club, for rice or noodles, we always ask for a special fried egg on top!

  34. Thank buddy! I am a little surprised too. You must try getting some holy basil seedlings!

    It is so nice to hear there are good Thai stalls in the food court now :)

    Thank you! You too :) xxx

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you! You must give it a try soon!

    shaz ,
    Thank you! Let me know if it turns out right :)

    Haha lucky you! :)

    Priya ,
    Thank you very much!

    Sanjana ,
    Thank you! You can use tofu with it!

    pierre ,
    Thank you! We are embracing autumn now :)

    Thank you! :)

    Thank you :)

    Su-Lin ,
    It adds such a wonderful flavour to it!

    Thank you, you must try it then!

    Thank you!

    CUMI & CIKI ,
    Thanks :)

    noobcook ,
    Haha you will have to make a trip to Golden Miles soon :)

    tigerfish ,
    Thank you! I was sneezing a little when I fried the chilies :)

    Eternally Distracted,
    Yes! Will you be able to get Thai ingredients over there?

    Brisbane Baker ,
    Thank you! I'm glad you tried it and loved it!

    Kerull @ Kay Enn,
    Thank you very much! :) You guys are the lucky 168 :)

    Thank you! For me I always need an extra fried egg ) I used to go to Ipoh club as a child too :)

  35. 炒得很香呀!我也愛加蛋!

  36. le riz présenté de cette façon doit être excellent, bravo
    bonne journée

  37. I am a big fan of fried rice, egg for me too! Holy basil is something I need to find now.

  38. Love your step by step illustration .

  39. This really looks delicious. I love rice served in any fashion, but I'm especially fond of fried rice. I will have trouble getting some of the ingredients but think I can find adequate substitutes to make a reasonable faxsimile.

  40. such a great rice dish..thanks for sharing :-)

  41. Delicious! I love street food! Yumm!

  42. This is fantastic and I'm going to try making some without the holy basil since I have none! Love the fried egg!

  43. I love all your Thai food, do you know what is holy basil in Vietnamese?

  44. หนึ่ง จาน โปรด! อย่าง เผ็ดร้อน โปรด!

  45. wow!basil flavoured fried rice!luv it...i can almost smell the aroma here!

  46. 大肥,

    Merci beaucoup! :)

    Yasmin ,
    Thank you! Egg is essential!

    Thank you! I hope they are of any good!

    Mary ,
    Thank you! I bet you churn out something wonderful!

    Thank you! :)

    Anh ,
    Thank you! They are the best!

    rosa ,
    Thank you! It will still be delicious without it!

    Thank you very much! I thin it is call Hương_nhu_tía

    ขอบคุณ มาก!!

    Oh you must try it then!


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