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Krapow Moo

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What does pad Krapow Moo mean?

Pad Krapow Moo Saap simply meansΒ Thai basil pork stir fry. It is a famous dish in Thai and is usually eaten with rice and fried egg. It is a quick and easy dish which only takes you less than 10 minutes to cook! The dish uses minced pork but you can substitute it with chicken or beef.

We are a two meal a day family. It can be made with chicken mince but I prefer pork mince. For maximum heat, I always grind my chilies and garlic together in a pestle.


  • 200 gm Pork mince
  • 4 snake beans cut into 1/4 inch slices. If you can’t get the beans pictured then ordinary green beans will be fine.
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1-5 Thai chilies
  • A big bunch of Thai Holy basil (Krapow) leaves was picked and as you can see from the photo I use quite a lot.
  • 3 tbsp Oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black soy.
  • A splash of cooking oil, I use Coconut oil.
  • A good shake of seasoning, not sure if you would get the one I use here but if not just a little pork/chicken seasoning salt.
Krapow Moo
Krapow Moo


  1. Peel garlic and cut chilies finely at this point I put in a pestle and mortar as it brings out the flavor.
  2. If you don’t eat your food very hot, like us, then just cut chilies and garlic finely.
  3. Add a splash of oil to a hot wok and add chilies and garlic cook stirring for 1 minute being careful the garlic doesn’t burn.
  4. Add the minced pork (chicken) and stir until cooked 3-4 mins.
  5. Add all sauces and stir cooking for 1 minute.
  6. Add a little hot water if the sauce is too strong.
  7. Then add the green beans and cook for 1 min then add Krapow and stir until wilted.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
  9. Serve with rice and a fried egg which is traditionally how Thais eat this dish.
  10. Holy Basil is available now in many Asian stores throughout the world.

Prepared, tried, and tested by Carol Taylor

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