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Recipe | Thai Fried Rice with Fermented Fish ‘Pla Som’


Today’s recipe is an interesting fried rice dish contributed by Utchi – owner of the popular cafe ‘Little Sunshine’ in Bangkok, which is known for its delectable healthy homemade dishes. 

Utchi’s version of the popular fried rice is made using ‘Pla Som’ fermented carp fish – a star ingredient according to Utchi “Fermented fish is one of my favorite ingredients. Besides the probiotics found in fermented food, it’s also bursting with flavors, especially in this fried rice.” Let’s start cooking!


Thai fried rice with fermented fish


  • 2 fillets of  ‘Pla Som’ – Thai stinky fish, fermented with salt and glutinous rice. (You can add more as per your preference)
  • 2 cups of cooked rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and Pepper as per the taste
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons of fish sauce
  • Mixed green vegetables (used here, local veg from Chiang Mai called Chiang da veggie)
  • Chopped scallions (optional)
  • coriander for garnish
  • 1-2 squeeze of lemon

‘Pla Som’ – Thai Fermented Fish | Source : mgronline .com

Rootsandleisure_Thai fermented fishPla Som

Pla Som – Thai Fermented Fish | Source : mgronline .com

Pre-cooking prep:

  • Deep fry the fermented fish to cook it first. Then remove the bones with your hands

Directions to cook:

  • Put a pan on medium heat and add oil. Heat until fragrant
  • You can add some fresh chili too for a spicy kick:)
  • Then add the rice and the fish. Stir together until well combined. Add one or two eggs and season with salt, pepper, and fish sauce.
  • Can add some leafy greens here if you’d like. We added our local veggies from Chiang Mai called Chiang Da veggie 🙂
  • Finish with chopped scallions, coriander, and a squeeze of lime juice 🙂

Enjoy your Thai fried rice with fermented fish; do send in your version of fried rice as well! Thanks, Utchi for the recipe! [More about Utchi and her Little Sunshine cafe in Bangkok here]

Rootsandleisure_littlesunshine_cafe Thailand

Utchi – Founder of Little Sunshine Cafe in Bangkok, Thailand

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