Pretty soon I may start having dreams about stir fried basil. I’ve written about seeing the dish, commonly known by it’s Thai name ‘pad krapow‘, leveled up and made with Australian lamb at Soul Food. We taught you how to fire it up street food style in all it’s the steamy glory on Eating Thai Food. And we took that knowledge and did a week-long makeshift krapow cooking boot camp with the mini-chefs from The Courageous Kitchen project.
Have you gotten bored of krapow yet? Oooo yeah I have.
Hmmm… let’s just say right about now my facebook relationship status with krapow would read, it’s complicated. While I might be striking the dish as most people know it from the menu in our house the next few weeks, there’s still plenty of variations possible to keep it exciting. One such variation is the ‘Pad Grapao Burger‘, the latest addition to Firehouse‘s menu.
Now even if in the back of my mind I had ordered thinking, “Oh $&*%, krapow again?” Those thoughts vanished when I saw this burger, the bun floating on a bed of deep fried basil leaves. The leaves were nested in a fried egg and the medium patty underneath seemed to be drowning in stir fry sauce, beautiful!
“Oh $&*%, krapow again?”
My issue with the burger is it tastes exactly like it would if you dropped pad krapow on top. You could eat the two separately and be fine, but to make them meld together takes a bit more work. As a result, even though there’s stir fry juice everywhere, I found the burger to be a bit dry. That’s because the sauce isn’t cloying enough to moisten the palate when you’ve got the fat slice of egg and deep fried basil stuck to the roof of your mouth.
The alternative may be to place the egg under the patty, forgo the egg altogether, or create a better sauce for the burger. However, changing the anatomy of the burger, for example with a Thai basil ketchup or pesto on the top, may not be as appealing to those expecting to see street food on their burger. The issue begs the larger question of whether Thai style burger eaters hold authenticity in the Thai flavors or having a delicious burger as the higher priority. Can we have both?
Thai authenticity vs. qualities of a delicious burger!
Besides the top half of the burger slowing me down a bit, the burger was tasty. You may want to give it a try if you can also appreciate a great burger which also salutes the motherland. Firehouse certainly isn’t the first place to bring Thai flavors to their burgers, but it’s premature to say it’s a trend in Bangkok just yet!
Editor’s Note: I’ve made a few trips to Firehouse previously and was offered a complimentary chance to taste the burger ahead of it’s release this month.