Stir Fried Stink Beans is a classic Southern Thai dish you can get from most Southern Thai food stalls or restaurants in Thailand. It’s very easy to make and super tasty with steamed rice and a fried egg.
Although the stink bean, also known as petai, bitter bean, smelly bean, and sataw (สะตอ) in Thai, is one of those things you either love or hate, I would highly encourage you to try it if you haven’t done so. Everything about this food is just so unique – the texture, the flavor… I just can’t get enough of the stuff.
As for where you can buy stink beans – if you live in Thailand, you can get them from most markets and supermarkets when they’re in season. They may come in bunches or pre-peeled in a package. For other countries, your best bet is your local Asian grocery store.
If you’re making this dish for the first time, my advice would be start with a small amount of curry paste, fish sauce and sugar. If you need more of any of those, you can always add more. And of course, you don’t need to use as many chilies as I do if it seems to hot for you. There’s no right or wrong at all. You’re going to love this dish if you love stink beans that is. 😛
A word of warning: You don’t want to cook this for any sort of party unless you and your friends don’t talk to each other AT ALL after you are full. ? Otherwise your stink breath will probably kill and you’ll need to eat a few raw round eggplants, brush your teeth and finish with mouthwash to get rid of it!
Thai Stir Fried Stink Beans with Pork and Shrimp Recipe
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste or Southern Thai curry paste
- 5 shrimp peeled and deveined
- 200 grams ground pork
- 300 grams stink beans cut in half
- fish sauce to taste
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 6 chilies cut in half
- 6-7 kaffir lime leaves hand-torn
- Over medium heat, add the oil to the pan. Once the oil is sizzling, add the curry paste and stir fry it so that it's fragrant.
- Add the ground pork and use a spatula to break it into small pieces. If the pan gets dry, add a little bit of water. Once the pork is cooked, add the shrimp.
- Toss in the stink beans and season with fish sauce and sugar. Add the chilies and kaffir lime leaves and stir fry for another few minutes before serving.
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