Originally Posted by Gourmet Greg
You are certainly welcome to your opinion but if you Google pad krapaow moo recipes (kra pow, kaprao, gra pow, etc.) -- Thai stir fried pork with basil (usually ground pork, usually Thai basil or Holy basil) -- you will discover that serving a fried egg over is very common and traditional in this recipe.
It is not a situation of extra protein. It is the taste of the egg itself which modifies and adds further taste dimensions to this recipe, it's one of those synergistic things where the sum is greater than the individual parts.
I can't say that in my own recipes I put any accent on traditionalism, but I'm often surprised when I try traditional recipes that I discover there are reasons why they're traditional.
Honestly, serving a fried egg over pad krapow moo would never have occurred to me had I not seen it in my Thai cookbooks. I tried it. It was good.
While that may be very common I still think it is gross and not necessary. Some Asian dishes that include eggs I have always thought was to add protein. Still gross to me. That dish looks tasty, why yuck it up with a half fried egg? Again JMO