Thai Holy Basil with Shrimp & Chicken (Recipe)

Within every culture there is a dish which is the basic staple found on food stalls just about everywhere around Thailand. The simplicity of the dish combined with a few fresh ingredients gives it a powerful flavor which leaves signals your brain craving for more. One of the more well-known dishes, this is Thai Holy Basil with Shrimp and Chicken (Pad Krapaow Koong Gup Gai).

The dish which derives from the wording Krapaow, meaning Holy Basil, is a herb that is found in typically found in Southeast Asian dishes and is one of the ingredients that lifts the dish. The beautiful aroma combined with its spicy and peppery taste adds fragrance to meat dishes such as this.

Main Ingredients

Fresh ingredients of shrimp, chicken, garlic and holy basil
  • 4 pcs Shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 100 grams Chicken breast (sliced into bite size)
  • 3 pcs Garlic Cloves minced
  • 3 pcs Chilis chopped (optional)
  • 10-15 pcs Holy Basil leaves
Holy Basil with minced garlic with chopped chilis

Seasoning Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp Sweet Soy Sauce (can be substituted with Oyster sauce)
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Granulated Sugar

Creating Your Dish

  1. Heat up the pan with oil and add your shrimp and chicken
  2. As your shrimp and chicken are cooked halfway add mince garlic and chopped chilis
  3. Pour in seasoning ingredients of sweet soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar to taste
  4. Add the holy basil at the end to prevent from turning dark and toss it around for a few seconds then turn off heat
  5. Plate the dish and enjoy your meal
Stir fried Pad Krapaow
Plating the Pad Krapaow dish

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