Thai Eats – Khao Khluk Kapi

Khao Khluk Kapi is a feast for the eyes. The array of colours on the plate like a painter’s palate only begin to do justice to this ultimately simple rice dish. Multiple textures and flavours, a balance between sweet, salty, sour, bitter, umami and spice make this one of my go to dishes, especially when I don’t quite know what I’m hungry for.

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At the BKK North Bus Station

My first time having this dish was at the Jolly Frog (link), but ever since I generally give it a shot wherever I find it just for my own curiosity for comparison. I’ve found it in bus stations in Bangkok, a handful of restaurants, and smaller portions in Styrofoam containers at markets. It’s always more or less the same thing differing by one or two ingredients.

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At the Jolly Frog

Rice being the main ingredient as per usual in a Thai meal, it is fried in shrimp paste (kapi) giving it a pastel purple colour, umami and a slight salty aspect. The usual suspects surrounding this are fresh chilies, thinly sliced red onion, dried shrimp, shredded green mango, chopped omelette and sweet/sour glazed pork. The usual lime wedge and cucumber slices generally on the side of the plate. Myself, I tend to mix it all up and squeeze the lime over top, but each bite could be constructed specifically to your taste. I also enjoy adding a bit of ‘prik nam pla’, the ubiquitous Thai table condiment. Whatever your tastes are, there will be something here for you.

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At the Kanchanaburi market
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