Ask any Thai person who may find it difficult to decide what they would like to eat, the answer almost always leads to, ‘Pad Krapao’; this dish that literally means ‘to stir-fried Holy Basil Leaf’ is as common in Bangkok as the uneven sidewalks and lottery ticket hawkers. Beloved for its simple and affordable 3 main ingredients; fried egg, stir fried chicken/pork/beef and a hearty serving of rice, this trifecta of unmainess is what makes Pad Krapao unanimously loved by Thais and visitors. 

But, as anything popular with the masses, there’s not much left sacred, and yes, this includes the humble, classic Pad Krapao. Bangkok Foodies encountered 5 modern and creative variations of Pad Krapao available in Bangkok, which will make any adventurous foodies ecstatic or possibly, p*ss off a Krapao purist. Either way, you should be tempted to give it a try.

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Krapow Pizza from House of Fire Bangkok 

Pad Krapao on a pizza? It might sound like a surprising combo, surprisingly delicious that is! House of Fire Bangkok is a small home kitchen that cooks delicious traditional wood-fired oven pizza and other homemade menus right in their backyard. Their smoky dough is topped with a delicious mixture of Minced Pork, Chili, Garlic, Basil, Onion, Coriander and Quail Eggs which make each pizza slice really look like the comforting Pad Krapao with Fried Egg on Rice everyone loves. All dishes are made to order via delivery. 

House of Fire Bangkok 

Tel: +668 1554 0206

138/1 Rasa Spanish Courtyard, Prasert-Manukitch 29 Rd, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230

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Underground Ka-pao from Jamie’s Burgers

If you love their burgers, you should definitely give their ‘Underground’ menu a try. Jamie’s Burgers take on traditional hot dogs combined their unique slightly sweeter bun recipe with various toppings, one of the secret combinations that you can order off-menu is the Underground Ka-pao, which uses premium local beef and herbs to create this aromatic topping. The bun is served with pickled egg to give this unique take on Kaphrao a more elevated experience, yet still feel like home at the same time.

Jamie’s Burgers

Tel: +669 7001 1108

Email: ja[email protected]

Frank&Release Futsal Park, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok

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Krapao Gai Roti from Muna Roti

This cafe in Nonthaburi may seem a little bit off the beaten path, but their roti is worth a trip. Muna Roti runs by a husband and wife team, creating Roti and other dishes such as Thai-style Chicken Biryani from their mother’s 40 years old recipe. One Roti menu for Krapao lovers to try is the Krapao Gai Roti made with hand-kneaded Dough, seasoned Ground Chicken and handful of Chilies along with Krapao.

Muna Roti

Tel: +6695 498 7987

Bang Si Muang, Nonthaburi 11000

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Kra Pao Foie Gras with Basil Hollandaise and Crispy Rice from Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin has taken the classic Pad Krapao to another level with their Kra Pao Foie Gras with Basil Hollandaise and Crispy Rice. This unique take on Kra Pao and Foie Gras combined traditional Thai taste with premium ingredients perfectly. The Foie Gras comes with delicate Quail eggs and Basil Hollandaise sauce which give the classic taste a modern twist.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

Tel: +662 162 9000

Email: [email protected]

Siam Kempinski Hotel, 991/9 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

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Beef Kaphrao Fluffy Omelette from VIVIN Grocery

Into spicy breakfast? Then give this Beef Kaphrao Fluffy Omelette a try. VIVIN Grocery put a Thai twist on their Instagram-famous signature fluffy omelette with minced Hanger Beef Steak, Bird’s Eye Chilies, Aromatic Thai Holy Basil, Caramelised Onion with natural Fish Sauce and Oyster Sauce. We highly recommend enjoying this light and fluffy creation with a side of potato Sarladaise and if you like it hot, don’t forget to sprinkle smoky Organic Hill Tribe chilli on top and bon appétit! 

VIVIN Grocery 

Tel: +6680 463 5747

Email: [email protected]

379/8 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110

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