Khao Pad (Fried Rice)

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Khao Pad
Khao Pad

Khao Pad (Fried Rice) is a variety of fried rice typical of central Thai cuisine. In Thai, khao means “rice” and pad means “of or relating to being stir-fried”. This dish differs from Chinese fried rice is that it is prepared with Thai Jasmine rice instead of regular dish. It normally contains meat (chicken, shrimp, and crab are all common), egg, onions, garlic and sometimes tomatoes. The seasonings, which may include soy sauce, sugar, salt, possibly some chili sauce, and the ubiquitous nam pla (fish sauce), are stir-fried together with the other ingredients. The dish is then plated and served with accompaniments like cucumber slices, tomato slices, lime and sprigs of green onion and coriander. This dish has many regional variants, as it is ubiquitous.

Khao Pad
Khao Pad

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Other dishes include coconut fried rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดมะพร้าว, khao phat maphrao), pineapple fried rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดสับปะรด, khao phat sapparot) and basil fried rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดกะเพรา, khao phat kaphrao). Khao op sapparot is a fancier fried rice pineapple dish with raisins and nuts and almost always comes served inside a cutout pineapple.

Khao Pad
Khao Pad

Common variants:

  • Khao phat mu, pork fried rice
  • Khao phat kai, chicken fried rice
  • Khao phat kung, shrimp fried rice
  • Khao phat pu, crab fried rice
  • Khao phat khai, egg fried rice
  • Khao phat che, vegetarian fried rice
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