Cambodia Stir Fry Pork with Holy Basil

January 30, 2023  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Cambodia Stir Fry Pork with Holy Basil

This Cambodian Stir Fry Pork with Holy Basil is a popular and simple dish in Thailand and Cambodia that can be made with either chicken or pork. The key ingredient is the holy basil, known as Mreas Prov in Khmer. It’s important to note that using regular Thai basil won’t yield the same flavor. The dish also incorporates a variety of colorful vegetables, such as long beans, red bell pepper, and yellow pepper.

To prepare the dish, start by heating oil in a pan and deep frying one cup of holy basil until crisp. Set it aside on a paper towel for garnish. In the same pan, add more oil and cook minced garlic along with minced red chilies until the garlic turns brown. Next, add the ground or sliced pork and stir-fry until it is no longer pink. Then, toss in the assorted vegetables and cook until they reach the desired level of tenderness.

For the stir fry sauce, combine oyster sauce, golden mountain soy sauce, fish sauce, brown or palm sugar, and lime juice. Pour this mixture into the pan and stir well to coat the ingredients. Finally, add the remaining fresh holy basil and mix it into the stir fry before turning off the heat.

When serving, spoon the stir fry onto a plate and garnish it with the previously deep fried basil. Additionally, topping it with a fried egg adds an extra layer of flavor. This dish is best enjoyed with a side of rice for a delicious and satisfying meal.



1 lb of ground pork or chicken or sliced meat
4 cloves of minced garlic mix with
4 minced red chilies (more or less up to you for spicy)
2 cups of fresh holy basil (deep fry 1 cup and leave 1 cup fresh to garnish)
3 tablespoon of oil for stir fry

For the vegetables

1/2 cup of long beans cut to 1 inch long
1/2 cup of red bell pepper
1/2 cup of yellow pepper

For the stir fry sauce

2 tablespoon of oyster sauce
2 tablespoon of golden mountain soy sauce
1 tablespoon of fish sauce
1 tablespoon of brown sugar or palm sugar
1 to 2 tablespoon of lime juice

Directions to make Cambodia Stir Fry Pork with Holy Basil

  1. Before you do anything put enough oil to deep fry 1 cup of holy basil in a hot oil for few second then take it out drain it on paper towel set aside for garnish.
  2. In a hot fry pan add oil until hot
  3. Then add garlic and chilies (it will make your cry) cook until garlic is brown
  4. Add ground pork or sliced pork stir fry until meat no longer pink
  5. Now add all the vegetables stir fry until tender
  6. Then add stir fry sauce mix it well,
  7. Last add basil to the stir fry mixture mix well and turn the heat off

When ready to serve spoon the stir fry on to a plate then garnish with deep fry basil and fried egg serve with rice.

Note: One Fried egg to put on the top of the stir fry when ready to serve


Related Recipe: Cambodian Ground Pork with Coconut milk

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 585

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏17g 6%
Cholesterol ‏166mg 55%
Total Fat ‏29g 37%
Saturated Fat ‏5g 25%
Dietary Fiber ‏2g 7%
Protein ‏63g 126%
Sodium ‏1841mg 80%
Sugars ‏7g 14%


15 min


15 min




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