Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts


I was quite excited recently to see three new food shops that had opened near my house. That kind of thing doesn’t happen that often. I had been watching this row of shophouses being built and then one by one each owner opened a food shop. At the moment there are three in a row. The ones on either side sell noodles. Nothing exciting about that because there are noodle shops everywhere. However, the middle one had a sign saying “gaeng gup khao” meaning curry with rice. I love curries. (You probably know that already.) The food shop opposite where I live sells curries and soup for take-away. It only costs 15 baht each but they are quite often disappointing. The meat is often miniscule or just bony. If I buy there I have to add my own meat.

So, this morning I set off down the road to investigate what curries they had for sale. I wasn’t disappointed. They had a really nice selection. The sign said 20 baht for one dish with rice and 25 baht for two. Very reasonable. I chose a curry and a chicken dish and indicated that I wanted to take it home by saying in Thai “sai toong” ( ใส่ถุง ). This literally means put in a bag. However, many people say “sai haw” ( ใส่ ห่อ )for when they want take-away. This means wrap in banana leaves which they used to do a lot in the olden days. Even though plastic bags and foam boxes are used more often today, people still stick to the old words. Thee two big bags cost me 45 baht baht. More expensive than the other shop, but just take a look at the picture below and you can see I got value for money. Aroy!


The dish I got was called stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts or gai pat met mamuang himmapaan ( ไก่ผัดเม็ดมะม่วงหิมพานต์ ) in Thai. Actually they didn’t have cashew nuts which would have made it a bit more expensive. So they substituted with normal nuts. They also added tomatoes which gave it a kind of sauce and sheen that dry versions don’t usually have.

This dish is quite easy to cook. As usual, I won’t give you the amounts because Thai people don’t usually measure anything. Fry some garlic in a pan until golden brown. Then add the finely sliced chicken and cook until ready. Add the onion, cashew nuts, fried dried chilis and spring onion. Stir well. Season with fish sauce, dark soy sauce and a pinch of salt. Garnish with some coriander and fresh red chili.

This is really delicious. I often order this dish when I go to restaurants to eat with friends.

8 responses to “Stir-fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts

  1. Reading this is making me hungry!

    I’ll have to try the recipe soon. The picture looks lovely.

    Thank you for the post.


  2. I prefer juicy food than deep-fried ones. This dish looks more Chinese than Thai. Thanks.

  3. Richard, How much are these new houses? I just wonder how many years the owner have to work to have their investment returned. Or how many plates of rice the restaurant owner have to sell just to pay the rent to the owner. At 45 Bahts for 2, it will be unimaginable.
    In Malaysia, the coffee shop will keep on harrassing the clients to order drinks. O-riang will cost 12 bahts while above food will cost 40 bahts per head. I normally will bring my own mineral water just to protest on the practices. It’s a big business in food in Malaysia.

  4. Yes I was wondering how much those shop front houses are as well.
    It seems Richard will have so many blogs about Thai food, he should write a Thai food or cook book in a few years

  5. I am not sure how much those houses would cost. They are on the “wrong” side of Sukhumwit meaning that the land there is more expensive than on my side. As it is only two floors, I am going to guess that it is 600,000-800,000 baht.

    Thanks Paul for the compliment. My aim is to have a comprehensive web site on street food in a year or so. You can find lots of information about Thai restaurant meals but not so much on street food.

  6. Sad news. Looks like my favourite local food shop is closing down (see picture at top). The shutters have been down for a week or so and today I saw the shutters were up but there was a notice with a telephone number. Looks like they are selling the shop. I was in my car so couldn’t stop and read it all. I will go back again this evening. They had the best curry on rice around here. What will I do?

  7. Why don’t you buy the shop and hire her back as a cook?

  8. Funny you should say that. I sort of had that in mind when I went there this evening to find out what was going on. Apparently her husband has got a job elsewhere and she cannot cope with running the food shop alone. The sign actually said the tables, chairs, food counter etc was for sale and not the house. Apparently they rent it. I asked if the owners would sell but they said they doubt it. Anyway, they have given me a phone number. I didn’t tell them what my plans were as they are still formulating in my mind. I have several ideas at the moment. I would consider buying the shop if I could employ her to cook the food. She already has the experience of running a food shop and her cooking is obviously very delicious. But, it wouldn’t be worth my trouble if I have to pay a monthly rent. It would all depend on whether I could buy that shophouse. For myself, I would see this as valuable experience for the time when I open the first guesthouse in Paknam a few years down the line. A few steps to making a dream come true.