Khao Kluk Kapi

Khao Kluk Kapi

By Food E Fare

Khao Kluk Kapi is a Thai dish known for its vibrant and diverse flavors. It is essentially a mixed rice dish with various accompaniments, often served with shrimp paste. Here's a general recipe for making Khao Kluk Kapi:


For the Shrimp Paste Rice (Khao Kluk Kapi):

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, cooked and cooled
  • 2-3 tablespoons shrimp paste (kapi), roasted
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons fish sauce

For the Accompaniments (Customize as per preference):

  • Cooked and peeled shrimp
  • Sliced omelet strips
  • Fried mackerel or other fried fish
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced green beans
  • Sliced shallots
  • Sliced green mango
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped green onions
  • Lime wedges

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder (adjust to taste)


Prepare the Shrimp Paste Rice:

  • In a wok or pan, heat vegetable oil over medium heat.
  • Add roasted shrimp paste (kapi) and stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Add cooked jasmine rice to the wok, breaking up any clumps.
  • Stir in sugar and fish sauce. Continue stirring and cooking until the rice is well-coated and heated through.

Prepare the Accompaniments:

  • Cook and peel shrimp, fry fish, prepare omelet strips, and slice vegetables.

Prepare the Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, mix fish sauce, tamarind paste, sugar, and chili powder. Adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your liking.

Assemble Khao Kluk Kapi:

  • Place a portion of shrimp paste rice on a serving plate.
  • Arrange the various accompaniments around the rice.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the rice and accompaniments.


  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and green onions.
  • Serve Khao Kluk Kapi with lime wedges on the side.


  • Mix the rice and accompaniments together before eating to combine all the flavors.


Khao Kluk Kapi is a customizable dish, so feel free to add or omit ingredients based on your preferences. It's a delightful combination of savory shrimp paste rice and a variety of textures and flavors from the accompaniments. Adjust the sauce to achieve the desired balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.

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