Khao Kluk Kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) – A Little Known, But Massively Flavorful Thai Dish

By Mark Wiens 18 Comments
Marvelous plate of Khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ)
Marvelous plate of Khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ)

Khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) is one of the finest and freshest single plate Thai dishes available.

But unlike khao moo daeng or khao man gai that are available at countless restaurants throughout Bangkok, khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) remains a little harder to find, often being sold in markets for takeaway consumption (rather than at sit down street stalls).

Glistening with beauty!
Glistening with beauty!

A plate of khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) begins with rice, and it’s not just steamed rice, but the rice is stir fried with shrimp paste to give it a slightly, yet not overpowering, shrimp aroma – that’s what gives the dish its signature flavor.

On top of the shrimp flavored rice are a variety of toppings which normally includes green mango, omelet, red onions, dried shrimp, sweet pork, Chinese sausage, chillies, cucumbers, long beans, and some cilantro and green onions on top. The diversity of the ingredients gives khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) an incredible spectrum of flavors that all work harmoniously together.

khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) - such an incredible mixture!
khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) – such an incredible mixture!

Now like I mentioned above, khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) is not easy to find at street stalls where you can sit down. But after seeing this street stall on a Thai TV show and then reading about it on Austin Bush’s food blog, I went to check out Khao Kluk Kapi Niyngow (ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว) for myself.

Just like the amazing khao mok gai that’s near Khao San Road yet hidden from tourism, this street stall is located extremely close to the tourist backpacker street, yet it serves very local and very wonderful Bangkok street food.

Getting a bite that includes a bit of everything
Getting a bite that includes a bit of everything

Their khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) was one of the best I’ve ever had in Bangkok, the rice was just the right shrimpi-ness and it was a perfect mixture of ingredients.

While some places that serve this dish skimp on the ingredients, or they somehow use wilted, not fresh ingredients, all the components of khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ)  here were flawless.

It was fresh, contrasting, flavorful, and exceptionally wonderful!

Khao Kluk Kapi Niyngow (ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว)
Khao Kluk Kapi Niyngow (ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว)

The Bottom Line

If you want to have an awesome plate of khao kluk kapi (ข้าวคลุกกะปิ) that will excite your taste buds every single time, Khao Kluk Kapi Niyngow (ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว) is a wonderful little stall.

Khao Kluk Kapi Niyngow (ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว)

Open – 8 am – 2 pm daily, except Sunday and Monday
Price – 40 THB

ข้าวคลุกกะปินายหง่าว
ถ.พระอาทิตย์ เยื้องสวนสาธารณะสันติชัยปราการ
โทร. 08-4696-8797,08-7021-0213
เปิด อังคาร – เสาร์ 8.00 – 14.00 น.
ข้าวคลุกกะปิ 40 บาท

How to get there

The street stalls runs in the morning right along Phra Athit road, and I didn’t notice until finishing my meal, but they set up right outside Escapade Burgers and Shakes. It’s right across the street from Santichai Prakan park.

Here’s the map:


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  • syed azni

    8 months ago

    Wonderful dish.
    Best option is to make it at home so you can hav as often as you wish.
    A very simple dish to prepare but the most important ingredient is good quality Thai shrimp paste.
    Dont forget the chillies n sour unripe mango.

  • Nui Acain

    1 year ago

    I love that Mark. The only thing is that stinky a little bit but it is good overall. Thank you.

  • Dave

    2 years ago

    You absolutely have to go to the place in RCA to have this dish, the best place i’ve ever eaten it (i think they have a sign up when a thai tv station came to talk about the food there) .

    Love the blog mark, i cooked your pad kra pao recipe today and it was fantastic.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 years ago

      Hey Dave, good to hear from you. Thank you for the recommendation. I will try to check it out next time I’m in the RCA area, that sounds fantastic. Glad you love pad kra pao too!

  • Scottythebody

    3 years ago

    Looking forward to trying this next time in BKK! I’m staying near here.

    • Mark Wiens

      3 years ago

      Thank you Scott, this is a great little stall, and an amazing dish.

  • DIp

    4 years ago

    Sure it is a gem of a Thai food. And true, it is not well known to most foreigners.

  • Andy Chua

    4 years ago

    Hi Mark, Thanks for featuring this gem. Have been eating Thai food for years and this baby somehow managed to escape me until recently. Unlike the regular fried rice, the combo of flavor in this dish is just as awesome as you put it “all work harmoniously together”. Wonderful read my friend.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Andy, glad you like this dish too, it sure is a gem!

  • juls

    4 years ago

    Hi. This is one of the most recognized Thai dishes here in the Philippines. Filipinos love fried rice and this is one Thai dish Filipinos love eating. Here it’s called Bagoong Rice (Bagoong = fermented shrimp paste), even in Thai restos, it’s called Bagoong Rice.

    I’ve had a hard time looking for it in BKK simply because unlike Tom Yum Goong, Tom Kha Kai, Moo Sate, the name eluded me and I couldn’t find it on the menu. On my last trip, I knew then what it’s called and I fell in love with it. I tried the ones in MBK and Central world (MBK food court is better) and they were superior to the ones here in the Philippines. I love it when paired with a cold glass of Cha yen.

    Will check this outlet out on my next trip.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Hey Juls, wow thank you for sharing, I wouldn’t have guessed that! Definitely when you come back to Bangkok, give this place a try, it’s one of the best versions I’ve had at a restaurant in Bangkok.

  • Crossfire

    4 years ago

    Really heavenly stuff. This dish made me finally appreciate kapi.
    As a kid I didn’t like the smell of it and the taste but it started to change thankfully.
    My uncle made this dish last year when I visited Thailand because I wanted to eat it badly. Those wonderful flavors…it was excellent! Much more volume compared what you get at the food stalls =d (they where also very nice though)

    I have to wait until I go back to Thailand to eat this dish again, because I’m not allowed to cook this at home because of the strong smell. Such a shame really.

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Ah glad you love it too, thanks for sharing your story! It’s such an outstanding combo of flavors!

  • Frans

    4 years ago

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU Mark..on this special on my favorite dish. Best one I had was another streetshop very near Khao San Rd, but I most definitely will try here as well. I hope more readers can tell us where to get THEIR favorite khao kluk kapi..

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Great, thank you Frans, glad you love it too!

  • John

    4 years ago

    One of my favourite dishes.

    Is there a convention on how it’s eaten? Do people tend to mix everything together before eating or just mix different elements in as they go?

    • Mark Wiens

      4 years ago

      Glad you love it too John! Most of the time you sort of pick and choose bites, not really mixing the whole dish – that’s what I’ve observed and what my Thai wife told me. But then again, it tastes pretty good all mixed up too!