VIDEO: Thai Holy Basil Chicken

By Mark Wiens 11 Comments

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Thai basil chicken (pad kra pao gai) is a dish in Thailand that you can order just about anywhere you go.

It’s easy to make and nearly always tastes good. When Thais have no idea what to order at a restaurant, pad kra pao is something to fall back on.

In this video I went to a local Thai street food vendor in Bangkok and ordered a little to-go foam box of chicken stir fried with holy basil over rice with a fried egg on the side.

Like many of the dishes worth traveling for, it’s the simple fresh ingredients that make it so good.

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  • sully86

    9 years ago

    Mark: so…going…..to make….my tummy…..sing abc songs …because of hunger pangs. Mark is gonna treat me to some good food when he comes to Malaysia as a compensation for all the “tummy ache”.

  • jen laceda

    9 years ago

    OMG!!! It’s past midnight here in Toronto, and you’ve made me very, very hungry! I’m throwing a baptismal party this coming weekend, and we’re having a Korean, Thai, and Filipino-themed dinner…Mango salad, green curry vegetables, kimchi, galbi short ribs, lumpia, pancit, and lechon! A real mixed bag of foods! But now that you’ve shown me a video of thai holy basil chicken…I’m thinking of making this, too! It looks too delicious to ignore!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks for watching Jen! That meal sounds like a near perfect mixture of dishes – that’s going to be outstanding!

  • paul | walkflypinoy

    9 years ago

    pad kra pao! i wouldn’t say it’s my all-time favorite thai dish but it’s definitely comfort/stoner thai food.

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Yup, that’s right, not the BEST thing in Thailand, but easy to order, always available, and pretty tasty!

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    9 years ago

    I love these food spotlights you do, Mark! They always make me so excited for when I make it to Thailand. Currently Tony & I are eating our way through Japan where the food has been pretty amazing, but I know that Thailand will have even more fresh flavors! I can’t wait! I am not sure that I have ever had holy basil, so while we are in Thailand, I will be sure to order this dish at least once!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thank you Steph, I appreciate you watching it! Glad to hear you’re enjoying the food in Japan, I can only imagine how delicious it is there too. I know you’ll enjoy Thai food when you arrive here too, holy basil is available at nearly every restaurant!

  • Dean

    9 years ago

    This is what I always order when I have no idea what to get as well. It’s delicious every time!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Yup, that’s right, hard to go wrong when in Thailand with this dish!

  • Andi

    9 years ago

    This is one of my favorite Thai dishes. My first husband was Thai and his Mom used to make it all the time, so I had lots of practice. Now, when I go to a Thai restaurant I order it nearly every time!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing Andi, I know for sure you know that great flavor of the holy basil!