Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gung Phat Pong Kari กุ้งผัดผงกะหรี่ Fried Prawns With Curry Powder

I thought I might spare you from another Thai salad for a day or two and introduce you to this delicious dish instead. Crab being the most popular choice for this method of cooking but all seafood (non oily white flesh) works equally well with the same treatment. The recipe asked for Thai curry powder which is not easily obtainable here. I have substitute it with a mixture of Malaysian curry powder (or mild Indian curry powder) and turmeric powder which turned out perfectly. Coconut milk can be used instead and substitute coriander leaves with Chinese celery if you can get you hands on some. What really puzzles me is why such a wonderful dish is nowhere to be found on the menu of Thai restaurants outside of Thailand, why?
P.S Are they any Thai dishes that you would like to see on the blog? 

serves 4 as part of a Thai meal
you'll need;
500 g of banana prawns, shelled with tails intact
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 onion, sliced
3 spring onions, cut into 2" lengths
1/2 cup of coriander leaves
1 red chili, sliced
4 tbs of Thai curry powder*
2 tbs of light soy
2 tbs of oyster sauce
1 tbs of fish sauce
* If you can get Thai curry powder substitute with 2 tbs of Malaysian or Mild Indian curry powder and 2 tbs of turmeric powder.

for the milk and egg mixture;
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of milk
2 tbs of nam prik pao (optional)

Prepare the ingredients and have everything near by.

Prepare the egg and milk mixture.

Saute garlic for 30 seconds then add in the prawns, fry for a further 30 seconds.

Add the curry powder and water and continue to cook for a minute, add seasonings.

Pour in the egg and milk mixture.

Add the herbs and mix well, check for seasonings.

Serve immediately with plenty of steamed rice.


  1. Sounds delicious. I've never tried this before. By the way, thanks for your offer of email:) Much appreciated. We are actually heading to Phuket, not Bangkok. I just wanted to know what sort of food to try apart from the obvious suspects...this dish sounds like one of them.


  2. thats so good with crab too! yummy~~

  3. I have never seen this being offered anywhere here...This is completely new to me, looks very tasty. Never tired of your Thai salads dear :)

  4. makcik pasti cuba resepi ni sebab masih ada stock kari thai dalam peti ais.Thanks

  5. Your Thai food you are offering here is better than any Thai restaurant I have been to. I want to know why such an exciting dish is not on the menu too! Certainly a must try for me!

  6. Your Thai salad looks and sounds delicious!
    But, I protest...You always leave me hungry!
    Big hugs!

  7. salam tummy..makcik baru lepas makan tengahari,tapi masik je rumah tmmy,terasa lapar lagi..the dish is so tempting..your family is very lucky to have such a good mother and a marverlous chef..hehe..looking forward to more thai salads n other delicious dish..

  8. Another gem out of the Tummie's kitchen, thank you!

    This is a dish which I love and often order in Thailand, but I never made it at home. I'll try it now your way, with prawns. Thanks!

  9. Prawns and favourite. Suresh, that whole bowl must be for me :D That will make my weekend A1...hehe

  10. What a delicious dish! I could smell the flavor from here!

  11. shaz ,
    Thank you! Phuket is a better choice atm. I will email you a list tmr.:)

    mr. pineapple man ,
    It is indeed!

    Thank you very much! Please try it soon!

    makcikmanggis ,
    Saya harap makcik akan suka hidangan ini, tidak pedas lagi hehe.

    Oh thank you very much! please do!

    Thank you very much! I hope you'll try it :) xxx

    mohdandmeriam ,
    Terima kasih makcik.. hehe saya bukan seorang ibu :)

    Dorrie ,
    Thank you! I am glad you know about this dish! Do try it at home.

    Thank you! Haha we can share that Mary!

    Thank you very much! :)

  12. oh yum, this really reminds me of a dish my mum makes. Definitely going to add this to my dinner list for the next fortnight =D

  13. Yum, yum! It's around 30C in Tokyo, alrady like mid-summer. I think now's time to eat Thai food with chilled shingha!!

  14. Harriet from CarltonMay 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    I can never be bored of your Thai salad. This is a quick and easy curry dish, it is very interesting using milk and eggs in it.

  15. That is a beautiful dish. Never heard of it before but I am now very curious to try it!

  16. Yum! It's all about those prawns! It sounds very delicious!

  17. makes me hungry again :))

  18. Brisbane Baker,
    Thank you very much! You must share your mum's version too!

    pigpigscorner ,
    Haha thank you!

    the lacquer spoon,
    Oh lucky you! You must!

    Harriet ,
    Thank you very much! I hope you will like it.

    KL girl in MELB,
    Thank you and please do!

    little panda sa,
    Thank you!

    Haha yes! Thank you!

    Haha please have some!

  19. My darling we had this at Golden Miles a few weeks back. A lot smaller and didn't look as attractive. Hope you are having a great weekend!

    Sophia & Vijay xxx

  20. Great dish! This is not even in my Thai cookbook! So how many more Thai salads are on the way? :)

  21. This look so delicious and best to eat with steam rice, yummy!

  22. Can I request a good Som Tam? With raw crab or something similarly authentic? I had one with salted duck egg... that was delicious! I just bought my mortar and pestle.. but I'm scared to smash the wrong ingredients!!

  23. Just dropping in to say hello and yo wish you a great Sunday!
    B xx

  24. Have to try this. Like the inclusion of egg.

  25. mmmmm!!!! i love curry with seafood, this looks amazing as always!

  26. I remember you leaving a comment on my blog about a Southern-style sour curry (kaeng som?) that I had at a Thai restaurant. I'd love to see your take on this style of curry.

  27. Thanks for sharing this recipe. This is on my next to do list :) Good very appetizing!

  28. I wish I get some fresh prawns here. I love prawns. awesome curry recipe. I am drooling here.

  29. Vijay + Sophia darling
    Haha I do miss that place very much. xxx

    Thank you! Just posted another and that will be the last one for a while.

    Sonia ,
    Thank you! Yes plenty of steamed rice!

    msihua ,
    Absolutely! Will do that soon but not with the fermented crab though. I will have crispy soft shell crabs to go with it!

    Oh thank you very much! xxx

    penny ,
    Thank you! I hope you will try it soon.

    Chubby Chinese Girl ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Mr Noodles,
    I have cooked that recently but the photo didn't turn up too well but I will make it again during my next Thai food week.

    Ellie ,
    Thank you very much! Do let me know if it turns out well.

    Go get some hehe!

  30. Just beautiful- you do know how to eat and do justice to all those wonderful ingredients. (Banana prawns????) And I never tire of the Thai salad. Always fun to mix it up and see what you come up with!

  31. I cooked this recipe today - delicious! Thanks again! It is so fast to prepare that I wasn't able to take pictures, I'll need a helper next time ;)

  32. Oooh Yum!!

    Yes I have a request for a thai dish! Pad Thai! I know that it is very popular but if I could learn how to make it, I would save a LOT of money!


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