Thai Food Recipe: Moo Pad Gapi (Pork and Shrimp Paste Stir Fry)

Moo Pad Gapi – Pork and Shrimp Paste Stir-Fry


1 cup pork with some fat stick to it (sliced 5mm thick)
1 tbsp. shrimp paste (good quality)
3 tbsp. sliced kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp. sliced pepper
1/2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. fish sauce
1/2 tbsp. palm sugar
1 tbsp. finely crushed garlic


Cooking Instructions:

1. Boil the pork in boiling water for 20 minutes. Wait until the water is boiling first then drop the pork. Add 1/2 tsp. salt.

2. While we’re waiting for the pork to be done, ground garlic and chili pepper. Put it aside.

3. After 20 minutes of cooking, remove the pork and leave it drain. Save the stock for the next step of cooking.

4. In a small cup, dissolve shrimp paste with 3 tbsp. stock.

5. Now, heat the pan and add vegetable oil.

6. Fry garlic until it has aromatic smell. Add the dissolved shrimp paste. Use low heat and quick stir for 5 times.

7. Add boiled pork with some amount of stock and mix well. Taste it before you add fish sauce because some kinds of shrimp paste are already too salty.

8. Next, add sugar, fish sauce, sliced chili pepper and kaffir lime leave. Turn of the fire. Serve with rice.

9. Add sator later or not, your choice.


Fat from pork is a favorite food for some Thai people. My friends from next door loved to eat it so much. On someone birthday, we always ordered pork BBQ restaurant to deliver us and eat at home with friends (In Thailand, we call it Korean BBQ). We put pork fat on the top of the pan so pork won’t stick to it. My friend, the oldest girl, loved to burn the fat and eat it with spicy and sour sauce. I ate it too.. haha 🙂 She was also the same girl that added 3 tbsp. full sugar in the noodle soup and I first did that when I ate with her.

Since then I loved to put a lot of sugar in my soup but after a while I stopped eating pork fat because I didn’t like it anymore, just ate it in a special occasion which I want to see someone make disgusting face. :p haha

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