Shrimp Paste Rice (Khao Krok Kapi)
This Thai fried rice dish is called Khao Kluk Kapi. You donīt see this dish very often and then only in Thai neighbourhoods and never in tourist regions.
Shrimp Paste Rice is a very popular Thai dish. Sometimes sweet pork is added onto the rice. To make this you fry the pork with shallots in a wok. You then season with fish sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. After adding the pork to the plate. This fried rice is garnished with shallots, thin slices of omelette, grated papaya, chopped long beans, cucumber and lime wedges. Also nam pla phrik is drizzled over it if desired. Nam pla phrik is fish sauce with chopped green and red chiles. It is worth trying this as an alternative to normal fried rice. It is a delicious dish!
The key to making this dish appeal to Western palates is to fry the kapi first to release the smell. Place the kapi on a piece of tinfoil, place in toaster oven and toast to develope the flavour. Keep the window open as it will smell very fishy as it cooks. This roasting develops the flavour and releashes the strong fishy smell.
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