Shrimp Paste Fried Rice (mini) kao kluk gapi

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Serves 3-4

For the Fried Rice

  • 500g cooked rice, about 3 cups
  • 2 Tbsp shrimp paste

For the Caramel Pork

  • 350 g pork belly or pork butt, cut into 2 x 1 cm pieces
  • 100 g palm sugar, finely chopped
  • ½ cup shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Tbsp black soy sauce

The Fixins

  • 1-2 eggs for omelette
  • Dried shrimp
  • Fresh shallots, julienned
  • Lime
  • Thai chilies, finely chopped
  • Long beans, cut into 1/4″ pices
  • Julienend sour mango or julienned carrots marinated in lime juice
  • Cucumber, cut into 1/4, then sliced thinly

*If using 2 eggs, fry 1 egg at a time to keep it thin.


For the pork: Sauté shallots until they start to caramelize. Add palm sugar and stir over medium heat until it is melted and starts to turn an amber colour. Add the pork, water, soy sauce, fish sauce, and black soy sauce. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar. Let simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until the syrup has reduced until thick and shiny.

For the rice: Saute the shrimp paste in oil on medium low heat until aromatic. Add a splash of water, just enough to loosen the shrimp paste, and mash the shrimp paste until there are no more clumps. Add the rice and toss over medium high heat until thoroughly mixed.

For the omelette: Pre-heated a non-stick, 10-inch frying pan over medium heat with just enough oil to coat the bottom. Swirl until the egg is even distributed, and lower the heat to low. Cook until the other side is a light golden colour, and the top is dry enough to flip. Flip the omelette and cook the other side for a few seconds just to set it. Remove from the pan and let drain on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Cut the omelette in half, then slice each half into thin strips.

For the dried shrimp: Add just enough oil into a wok or a small pot to cover the shrimp. Turn the heat on medium high and add the shrimp. Once the shrimp are bubbling, turn the heat down to medium low and fry for another 1-2 minutes, or until the bubbling starts to slow down. Remove, drain, and cool on a plate.

To assemble: Serve the rice in the middle and arrange a small amount of the caramel pork and all the other fixings around the rice.  When ready to eat, squeeze the lime over the rice and toss everything together! Enjoy!

 Shrimp Paste Fried Rice ข้าวคลุกกะปิ (kao kluk gapi) (mini)