Pad kra pao - featured in Thailand The Cookbook
Pad kra pao - featured in Thailand The Cookbook

The Thai comfort food we're all drawing comfort from

Celebrate the Thai cave rescue with a bowl of pad kra pao - the basil-based dish all the boys have been craving

One of the most touching aspects of the successful Thai cave rescue mission came in the letters the young soccer players sent to their parents via Navy divers, requesting certain home-cooked food, once they were freed.

Chief among these dishes was pad kra pao, a popular street food flavoured with Thai Basil that at least four of the boys requested, which is featured in Thailand: The Cookbook

The dish's name translates as stir-fried Thai holy basil, and can also include chicken, beef, pork, mince or seafood. It's often topped off with a fried egg for extra comfort points. 

 

 

It was developed in the 1940s, alongside the better-known Pad Thai, and is now a popular lunchtime choice for office workers, as well as hungry, recently freed teenagers. Of course, the boys haven't eaten well for days, and so a spicy dish will probably have to wait until they've eaten a few more easily digestable meals.

However, if you want to taste the dish they've been craving you can find the recipe and hundreds more in Thailand: The Cookbook.

 

Thailand: The Cookbook
Thailand: The Cookbook

For more Thai dishes, order a copy Thailand: The Cookbook and Quick and Easy Thai Recipes here.