There’s a restaurant near where I live called Sushi Thai, it is one of our go-to locations when its time for a night out. I bet you can guess what they serve there… descriptive names leave no room for the imagination. Sushi is always a guaranteed win, assuming it is one of the 5 kinds that I actually like… although, to be fair I haven’t ventured off into unknown sushi territory in quite a while.
What really keeps me going back is this dish they call Prik Pow Fried Rice. It is just a huge plate of rice with veggies and your choice of protein, smothered in some sort of spicy seasoning.
I took my dad on one of these trips and he got talking to the chef, who ended up showing us the chili paste he used… which was then found in a nearby asian market (along with a 5 pound bag of rice).
I have not been back to Sushi Thai since I learned how to make this, it is not perfect… but it is close enough for me (especially considering I save about $20 by not going out).
As always, it starts with the veg… sauteed like a champ (or amateur). If you recall, I’m not a huge fan of peppers… but enjoy them under certain conditions. Ideally, my peppers will be chopped but Alicia likes huge chunks of these things and she threw them in the wok when I was busy with the rice.
Oh yeah, get some rice cooking… lots of rice.
I learned my lesson from my last shrimp cooking. I bought the precooked, de-veined, no-work shrimp this time around (they were cheaper (and I was feeling lazy)).
Once the rice was cooked I mixed in a ton of the special ingredient (Prik Pow chili paste sold in most Asian stores). This stuff can be spicy… go hot or go home… or just lay off the hot… either way works.
I then added that to the veggies and shrimp and let that cook for a few minutes longer.
Serve and eat!
The first couple bites you will probably be wondering where the heat is… it sneaks up on you. Halfway through you will probably be needing your second glass of tasty beverage.
I love the taste of the chili paste with rice… any other ideas on what it would taste good with?
Prik Pow Fried Rice… a spicy “Thai” dish that is excellent with shrimp, chicken, or pork. If you can cook rice, you can make this meal… it is fool proof.