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Thai Holy Basil Fried Fish (Pad Khra Pao Pla)

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

On Main Street aka Sukhumvit in Pattaya across the street from Tesco is a little known restaurant ran by a husband and wife. Their specialty is spicy basil fried Barracuda fish. Whan and I love it’s depth of flavor and crispy bits with rice. We have eaten there a lot. Living outside of Thailand now we of course don’t have access to barracuda. We do have another voracious predator fish here in the USA that a lot of people already know, the bluegill. Aka Bream or copper nose or Brim. fun to catch and tasty this fish is perfect for Khra Pao. Most people only know fried fish and this flavor is a nice change and a new way to experience fresh or saltwater fish.