Thursday, March 25, 2010

Nuer Phat Kaphrao เนื้อผัดใบกะเพรา Beef Fried With Holy Basil

Due to the erratic dinner plans at the tummies' at the moment, my plan of bringing southern Thai cuisine to you failed miserably. Instead this has turned into a Thai street food week at the tummies' with many of the top ten favourite Thai simple meals making the cut. This might be another dish that you have seen locals eating at the street stalls but have never tasted since it is not often on restaurants menu. This de facto national dish of Thailand takes minutes to make and you'll soon understand its popularity. Thai holy basil (bai kaphrao) is the star here; if you can't get holy basil use normal Thai basil instead, it will still be delicious but it will be called phat haropha. For my chicken version click HERE. 
P.S You are more likely to be served phat haropha outside of Thailand as holy basil is rarer and more expensive but I think most people are happy to pay a little more for the real deal!

recipe per serve
you'll need;
150 g of minced meat of your choice
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bird chillies, chopped (adjust the amount to suit your taste)
half a green chili, chopped
a handful sliced red and green chillies 
a handful of picked holy basil leaves and flowers
1/4 onion, sliced
dash of soy
dash of fish sauce
a sprinkle of sugar
Steamed jasmine rice

Saute chopped garlic and chillies for 30 seconds then add in the mince.

Break the mince up and add seasonings and sliced onion when the mince is no longer pink.

Chuck in the holy basil and extra sliced chillies.

Fry for another 30 seconds and you will have one of the most popular dishes in Thailand.

Serve immediately with a plate of steamed jasmine rice and say aroy maak!


  1. Simple resepi dan senang untuk menyediakan rasanya boleh dimakan bersama roti,betul tak?

  2. Hey darling we have this at Golden Miles all the time. Have tried making this but always with the wrong basil, should have just called you. Love it!

  3. I like the idea of this dish!

  4. กิน นี้ สัปดาห์ ละ ครั้ง ไม่ เผ็ด ไม่ อร่อย!

  5. I don't think anyone would've noticed that you strayed away from Southern Thaland if you hadn't have said so.

  6. Haven't tried this before, but it's making my mouth water! Love anything spicy.

  7. This is one of my fav Thai dish. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love simple dishes like this! Must find some holy basil this weekend!

  9. cikmanggis,
    Boleh dimakan same apa apa saja makcik! :)

    Vijay + Sophia,
    Try it at home, it is so easy! xxx

    Brisbane Baker,
    Thank you! try it soon!

    คุณ มี สิทธิ์! ไม่ เผ็ด ไม่ อร่อย!

    Mr Noodles,
    Oh perhaps not but it is quite different from food from the north

    Cheah ,
    Thank you! you'll have to try it then

    Thank you! I'm glad to hear that!

    rosa ,
    Please do! it is worth the search!

  10. Aroy maak! I know I have not eaten it yet but I know its fabulous.

  11. I will demand they put holy basil in my phat kaphrao from now on! What a simple and delicious meal this is!

  12. Quick and simple. I like this Thai dish. And for me, I will add chillies!

  13. It looks so flavourful and comforting!

  14. Enjoying authentic street food culture is one of the best ways to enjoy a meal. Your dish looks simple and delicious. I love it.

  15. Hey,
    Can ground turkey be substituted for this? A delicious platter!

  16. Nostalgia ,
    Haha thank you!

    CW ,
    you must if the menu says kaphrao

    penny ,
    Thanks! We have been using so much chilies!

    It is a comforting dish indeed, must be the mince hehe

    It is a great way to start to know a cuisine and the people. Thanks velva!

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Absolutely! Use any mince you prefer! Thank you!

  17. I think I have told you how much I love how your 'food week' It has been very informative and I am looking forward to your next installment.
    One of my favourite but as you mentioned I think I have been eating phat haropha instead! Thanks for pointing it out!

  18. Mmmm...street food is good! I am making this one, nothing like quick, easy, and tasty!

  19. I love your ability to make a food/food presentaion a piece of art!
    And I'm not exaggerating!!
    Big Hugs!

  20. (due to the rush)correction: presentation!

  21. I had a similar one with chicken, this beef fry sounds too yumm!!

  22. I love this dish and I've got osme chicken mince in the fridge - yay, menu for tomorrow is sorted:) Thank you!

  23. This looks so very good!! I've been craving Thai all week.

  24. Yummy! Looks so delicious and simple.

  25. You have started with Japanese then Malaysian and now Thai. How I wish to be able to cook like you! Another delicious dish again! :)

  26. Oh wow!! that looks awesome!!! delicious...

  27. Aaah! This is my all time favorite dish!!! I love mine with a fried egg on top!!! Yummy!!!

  28. Sounds fabulous! I'm very intrigued by the holy basil, I hope I can find it sometime.

  29. This is interesting, holy basil and Thai basil are used interchangeably in America. Thanks for the pictures, because I now know that holy basil has fringes on its leaves. I love love love this Thai classic!

  30. I usually had this at the food court and thanks for sharing recipe :)

  31. I love when you post Thai food recipes. I probably eat Thai 3 times a week! It is my favorite... :)

  32. Sounds awesome! I've never heard of holy basil, I'll have to see if I can find it.

  33. Yum as always- Not sure if you saw the shout out I did for your blog last week, here is the link:
    Have a great day.

  34. Un plat délicieux.
    j'aime beaucoup ta cuisine.
    A bientôt.

  35. I love basil...smells so good. This dish must be very flavourful and delicious. Would be so good with rice like in the picture.

  36. Yummy but I need to reduce the chilies! hehe

  37. Interesting..never cooked something with holy basil..But sure I know how the flavor will be :-)

  38. Thanks for posting my favourite dish! Now it is a matter of getting the holy basil!

  39. I'm always so hungry looking at your food creations. And now I know the name of the basil growing outside my home hehe

  40. Hey buddy I managed to get some holy basil for drunken noodles, will use some for this as well. I am glad I get to use up some of the chillies from the garden! Cheers buddy!

  41. 我們不吃牛肉但回用豬肉代替!好香呀!

  42. darren ,
    Thank you glad to know you do like my simple Thai dishes! It is worth getting the holy basil!

    Indeed! Let me know how it goes!

    Oh thank you for your praise :) xxx

    Priya ,
    Thank you! You may use any mince at all!

    Let me know how it turns out! :)

    Thank you! There are more Thai food on the way! :)

    Thank you!

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Thank you! Just follow the recipes you'll be fine :)

    Sarah Naveen,
    Thank you!

    Haha we often have it with a fried egg too :)

    5 Star Foodie ,
    Thank you! I hope you are able to find some too!

    Fresh Local and Best,
    It is the same story here in Australia unfortunately. I hope you can find some :)

    Haha now you can cook anytime you want :)

    Thank you! More to come :) That is a lot os Thai food!

    Thank you! Good luck I hope you can find some!

    Lady Ren,
    Thank you! I did have a look but couldnt find the link :(

    Jagruti ,
    Thank you!

    Saveurs et Gourmandises ,
    Merci! moi aussi!

    Thank you and a fried egg :)

    little panda ,
    Haha it is not that hot!

    Thank you ! I hope you get to taste it!

    Tricia F ,
    Oh you are welcome. Try Victoria Street that's where I got it from!

    noobcook ,
    Thank you! You will love them when they are ready! :)

    Sounds good buddy! I'll love to come pick some chillies soon!

    大肥 ,

  43. i dont cook much.. but this looks like something i could make =) thanks for sharing... i can almost smell it from the pics!

  44. must use oyster sauce! (and only littel soy sauce)


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