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Thailand’s Phat Kraphao top honours in world’s best list

ANN/THE STAR – Thailand’s much-loved Phat Kraphao meal, sometimes spelt as Pad Grapao, has now made it to the top of the ‘Best Stir-Fries in the World 2023’ list released by on Saturday.

The Thai dish was given a score of 4.8, with South Korea’s Dak Galbi coming in a close second with 4.7 and Ethiopia’s Tibs third with a 4.6 score.

Pad means ‘fried’ and Kra Pao is the Thai name of holy basil that is one of the main ingredients. Pad Kra Pao can be cooked with chicken, beef, seafood, tofu, or whatever you want. It is served with rice. You can order a fried egg (Khai Dao) on top too.

The website, which features recipes and food reviews from critics across the world, also said that Phat Kraphao is the fourth most common dish ordered by foreigners in Thailand.

“This traditional Thai stir-fry combines minced meat or seafood with kraphao and various other ingredients such as shallots, garlic and chilli peppers.

“The dish is flavoured with soy sauce, sugar and fish sauce and typically comes served with rice, fried egg and fish sauce on the side,” the description read.

Other Thai dishes to make the list are Pad Thai ranked eighth, Phat Si-Ew (stir-fried noodles with dark soy sauce) 19th, Khua Kling (stir-fried meat in red curry paste) 23rd and stir-fried chicken with cashews 44th.

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