Friday May 26


Spicy shrimp pate and Fried macheral fish

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Spicy Shrimp Pate and Fried Macheral Fish

southern-foodI wonder how to create name in English for this menu. Such a long name, right? Thai name is "Num Prik KaPi/ Cha-Om Khai and Pla Tu Tod". They come in a set and serve together with steam white rice. Sometime also serve together with fresh vegetable or quick boiled vegetable. Fried Salted Mackerel Fish = Pla Tu Tod, Fried Acacia Omelet = Cha-Om Khai, Spicy shrimp paste Sauce = Num Prik Kapi. This menu is very popular for local people and I believe lots of people love to eat "Num Prik Kapi". The pungent chilli/shrimp dipping sauce may take a little getting used to for Western palates. Make sure you have a very good shrimp paste (gkabpi) for this recipe.



  • 2 mackeral fishes, around 400 grams (or frozen salted mackeral)
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried shrimps
  • 3 red shallots, peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 10-15 chili peppers (depends on how spicy you like)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 tespoon sugar
  • steamed or fresh vegetables (cabbage, cucumber, tomato, lectuce, carrot, string bean, etc.)


  1. Heat oil in a wok and fry the mackeral fish until cooked. Remove and drain.
  2. Pound red shallots, chilies, garlic in a mortar and pestle or by using the food processor, until mixed well.
  3. Add dried shrimps, shrimp paste, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Mix all ingredients until the mixture becomes smooth paste.
  4. Transfer to a serving dipping bowl. Serve with fried mackeral fish and steamed vegetables. Thai people also love to eat this recipe with acacia omelette.

Acacia Omelette (kai jeaw cha-om) : this recipe is optional. (If you cannot find acacia in your local grocery store, you may try to use other fresh vegetables instead.)

  1. Wash acacia (cha-om) and nip the leaves and young leaves then cut into 1-inch portions.
  2. Add the beaten eggs in a bowl, and also add the acacia. Stir until all mixed well.
  3. Heat oil in a wok. Add the beaten eggs with acacia in the wok, fry until cooked and golden, then remove and drain. Slice into cubes.
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