Fried Rice with Shrimp Paste

This fried rice dish is called khao kluk kapi ( ข้าวคลุกกะปิ ). I must admit it is not among my most popular dishes. In fact, you don’t seem to see it around so much these days. The big difference between this dish and normal fried rice is that the rice is fried with shrimp paste which gives it a brown look (see picture above). It is also seasoned with sugar and fish sauce.

In the picture above, you can see the lady adding some sweet pork 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, she also garnishes the dish with shallots, thin slices of omlette, grated mango, chopped long beans, cucumber and lime wedges. She also had a jar of chopped green and red chilis. It is worth trying this as an alternative to normal fried rice. But the strong smell may turn off many people.

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