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

By Mark Wiens Bangkok
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

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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