Spicy Basil Noodles with Crispy Fried Eggs

Inspired by the Thai version of pad kra pao, a stir-fry made with holy basil, this recipe makes use of fresh basil almost like a green vegetable. Crispy fried eggs add richness and another layer of flavor to this colorful and aromatic dish.

Spicy Basil Noodles with Crispy Fried Eggs in two tan bowls
Photo: Brie Passano
Total Time:
30 mins
8 cups


  • cup oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce

  • 2 teaspoon sugar

  • 8 ounce dried bean thread noodles

  • 4 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground pork, turkey, or chicken

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 - 2 fresh serrano peppers or 2 to 4 fresh Thai peppers, thinly sliced*

  • cup thinly sliced onion

  • 4 ounce green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

  • 6 eggs

  • Black pepper

  • Fried basil leaves** or chopped fresh basil


  1. For sauce, in a small bowl combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

  2. In a 12-inch wok or skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil over medium-high. Add ground meat; spread in an even layer. Top with garlic and serrano peppers. Cook, without stirring, 2 minutes or until meat is browned on bottom. Stir to break up meat. Add onion and green beans; cook and stir 1 minute more or until meat is no longer pink. Add bell pepper, 1 cup basil, noodles, and sauce. Cook until basil is wilted and some of the sauce is absorbed, tossing gently. Remove from heat; cover to keep warm.

  3. In a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat remaining 2 Tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add eggs; cook, without turning, 4 to 5 minutes or until whites are set, yolks are jammy, and edges are lacy and starting to brown, spooning oil over whites as they cook. Season with black pepper.

  4. Serve noodle mixture topped with crispy fried eggs and fried basil leaves.


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

**Fried Basil

To fry basil leaves, in a 6-inch skillet or small saucepan heat 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil over medium. Add fresh basil leaves, a few at a time, and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until light brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

517 Calories
29g Fat
41g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 517
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 240mg 80%
Sodium 1323mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 31.2mg 156%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 600mg 13%
Folate, total 55.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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