Khao Phat – Thai Fried Rice

Thai fried rice

Thai fried rice, with common garnishes of cucumber, lime (for squeezing on top), tomato, and green onion served on a bed of lettuce.

Thai fried rice is a variety of fried rice typical of central Thai cuisine. In Thai, khao means “rice” and phat 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 long-grain rice. 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 chilli 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 spring onion and coriander. This dish has many regional variants, as it is a widespread dish.

Other dishes include Coconut Fried Rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดมะพร้าว, khao phat maphrao), Pineapple Fried Rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดสับปะรด, khao phat sapparot) and Basil Fried Rice (Thai: ข้าวผัดกระเพรา, khao phat kraphao). Khao op Sapparot is a fancier fried rice pineapple dish with raisins and nuts and almost always comes served inside a cutout pineapple.

Common variants:

  • Khao phat mu, pork fried rice
  • Khao Phat Gai – 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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