Plain rice topped with pork or chicken fried with holy basil leaves, pad kaprao, and add a fried egg, is my favourite dish, and I eat it several times a week. It is extremely popular and easy to order, especially when customers are hungry and have no real idea what they want.
For pad kaprao to be really enjoyable, the pork or chicken must be marinated in soybean sauce with some sugar, to make it a bit sweet, and pepper. Also, it has to be freshly fried - with pungent chili and garlic.
This dish is popular with the poor, with middle income-earners and rich people alike. And it suddenly became the talk of the town when someone evealed on the social media that freshly cooked pad kaprao is now banned from the canteen at army headquarters - because senior officers in the building find the smell of it cooking most unpleasant and distracting from their very important duties.