I have Bai Krapow growing in my garden. They are called Holy Basil around these parts. I put two itty-bitty starts in the ground four weeks ago, and they now look so happy and thriving I've decided it's time to harvest some. So last night I did. I made a favorite fast Thai dish, Pad Krapow, which is basically a spicy stir-fry with the holy basil as the star flavor of the show.
Pad Krapow is a ubiquitous fast food dish in Thailand. You can walk into just about any food shack on any street corner and ask for Pad Krapow, they'll make one for you. You can also have it with just about any protein you want, pork (minced or cut into bite size chunks), chicken (ditto), beef (yup, ditto too), or even tofu. Some people like to add cut up onions or sweet bell peppers to add a little more interest to the dish. But the best thing about it, besides being really delicious, is that it's so simple to make you hardly need a recipe. So I'm not going to give you one. Instead I'll tell you how you can easily make it at home. If you can't find Bai Krapow or Holy Basil, you can even use the regular Thai basil you can find at any Asian markets near you. In which case you'll technically be making Pad Horapa (Stir-fry with Thai Basil) instead of Pad Krapow (Stir-fry with Holy Basil), but it'll be good just the same.