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[Lazy Recipes] Student Budget Meal Recipe: Pad ka Prao

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Just because you’re a busy college student it doesn’t mean you have to settle on unhealthy junk food like take-outs and instant noodles. I decided to show you some of my favourite speedy yet healthy and yummy recipe in my #BudgetStudentMeals recipe series to help you survive through your busy schedule. For our first recipe, let’s start with a super easy, super speedy Thai dish…

Pad ka Prao (Thai style stir fried mince pork over rice)

Serves 1

Preparation Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 80g (or the size of your palm) Minced Pork

  • 1 handful of Fine/ Dwarf Beans (trimmed and diced)

  • 1 small handful of Thai Basil

  • 1 clove of Garlic

  • a pinch of hot chilli flakes

  • 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce

  • 1-2 tbsp Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 tbsp Oil

  • Rice, to serve

  • 1 Egg, fried (to serve, optional)


  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Add in the garlic and chilli flakes. Sauté for 1 minute until fragrant.

  2. Add the minced pork and sauté until it starts to brown. Season with a pinch of salt.

  3. Add in the diced beans and sauté until it softens slightly (but still with some crunch)

  4. Season with about half a tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of Thai sweet chilli sauce. At this point, you would want to give it a taste and then adjust the seasoning. If you want it sweeter, add 1 more tbsp of sweet chilli sauce. If not, then grind in some black pepper.

  5. Saute for another minute or so, until any remaining liquid in the pan reduces.

  6. Turn off the heat, add the Thai basil and toss everything around to ensure everything is well mixed together.

  7. Serve while hot with some steamed white rice. If you choose to do this the more traditional way, you can top the rice with an fried egg.Dig in!


The Thai basil gives this dish its distinctive flavour and aroma, so I would suggest not to skip it. If you cannot find Thai basil, you can substitute with regular sweet basil. It won’t taste the same, but it will still be delicious.

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