Thai Basil Pork Belly

March 23, 2023

One of the best bang-for-the-buck meals is Thai basil pork belly, which is incredibly easy to make but tastes fantastic.

A restaurant-worthy meal can be prepared in 10 minutes with only 10 ingredients. Prepare some rice and saute green vegetables for a quick and easy meal.

Probably One Of The Best Ingredients

It’s no secret that Thai basil has magical properties in the kitchen. Any meat, fish, or vegetable can instantly amplify its flavor by adding this. A veritable symphony of distinct flavor and texture from ingredients like garlic, chilies, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce backs it.

That our pork belly recipe was inspired by one of our earlier Thai basil dishes is not meant as a criticism. It proves that with the right ingredients and approach, you can turn anything into a tasty meal using this formula. This pork belly version is the best, though.

Comparison: Thai Basil And Holy Basil

Either Thai basil OR holy basil will work in this dish. Holy basil is used in traditional “krapow” dishes, but Thai basil is more readily available in the United States at Asian supermarkets.

Holy basil has an additional medicinal quality reminiscent of cloves. Seeing how hard it can come by, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to cultivate some in the garden just for stir-fries.

Furthermore, we recognize that there is a possibility that there isn’t a local Asian market stocking Thai basil and other fresh herbs and produce. The answer to the question “can I use regular basil?” is yes. Contrary to the views of food purists, you actually can.

The taste will differ from Thai or holy basil, but it’ll still be good. It’s better than going hungry.


  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic (sliced)
  • 3 pcs. of Thai bird chilies (thinly sliced)
  • 1 lb. of lean pork belly (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tsp. of sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of fish sauce
  • 2 tsp. of oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp. of light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. of Thai black soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of holy basil or Thai basil leaves (packed)


  1. Put the oil, garlic, and chilies in a wok and heat them over medium—preparation time: 1 minute. Turn the stove on high and throw in the pork belly. Caramelize and get a little crisp in a 2-minute stir fry.
  2. Cooking sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce, and soy sauce. Add the basil and stir-fry for another minute. The basil should be stir-fried until it wilts. Be sure to serve.
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