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Stir Fried Pork and Green Beans with Chili Paste | Pad Prik King Moo | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมู

Stir Fried Pork and Green Beans with Chili Paste | Pad Prik King Moo | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมูOne day this past summer, the boyfriend and I ventured across town to do a little Thai grocery shopping.  We found so many different fresh fruits, vegetables, sauces, and pastes in our day of shopping!  I was so excited by all of it that towards the end of the day, I was randomly picking up one of each paste I found — not knowing exactly what it was, but thinking that it would surely come in handy at some point… 

One of the pastes that I picked up that day was called “prik king curry paste”.  It was packaged like all of the other Mae Anong brands of curry pastes that I’m already familiar with, so I figured it was used to make a type of curry that I just haven’t encountered yet.  As such, it’s been sitting in my pantry for a while now, waiting for me to look into it.

Well, I finally did and, I have to tell you, it’s not used to make a curry at all! 

Prik king paste is probably more accurately described as a chili paste rather than a curry paste.  It’s used to make various stir fried dishes, the most common of which is probably “pad prik king moo” or pork stir fried with chili paste.  It’s a simple dish of pork and green beans stir fried with this chili paste, red pepper, garlic, and kaffir lime leaves.  And, oh, it’s so delicious.

Stir Fried Pork and Green Beans with Chili Paste | Pad Prik King Moo | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมูThe prik king chili paste is made mainly of red chilis, galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime peel so it’s wonderfully fragrant as well as spicy.  And by adding more kaffir lime leaves while you cook this dish, you’re just enhancing the fragrance so the dish pops with flavor!

The taste of the prik king chili paste is actually pretty similar to a chili-based dip that I made earlier this year, nam prik ong or Northern Thai dip.  It seems like they’re made in similar ways, with red chilis and lemongrass as prominent ingredients.  I’ll look into making this prik king chili paste from scratch at some point, but for now, I’m just really happy to have discovered this wonderful paste in my pantry! 

  Stir Fried Pork and Green Beans with Chili Paste | Pad Prik King Moo | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมู


Stir Fried Pork with Chili Paste | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมู

Makes 2-3 servings

Stir Fried Pork with Chili Paste | ผัดพริกขิงเนื้อหมู


  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon prik king paste
  • 1/2 cup pork, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups green beans, cut into 1-2" pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly
  • 1 red jalapeno pepper, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce


  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until almost golden brown. Then add the prik king chili paste, mix with the garlic, and saute for a few seconds longer.
  2. Next add the pork slices, coat with the chili paste, and let them cook until they are done. If the pan gets too dry while the pork is cooking, add some water, a few tablespoons at a time.
  3. Add the green beans and some more water, again a little at a time, until they are almost cooked.
  4. Add the kaffir lime leaves and red pepper at this point. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. I generally add about a teaspoon of fish sauce. Some recipes also call for sugar, so feel free to add a teaspoon or so if you think it needs it.
  5. Once the green beans are fully cooked, take off the heat, serve, and enjoy!


11 comments… add one
  • Olivia Chambers August 22, 2018, 7:39 pm

    Hi RAchel,

    Did you use dry or fresh kaffir lime leaves?

    • Rachel August 25, 2018, 2:29 pm

      Hi Olivia, I use fresh kaffir lime leaves. Thanks, Rachel

  • Angie June 12, 2015, 7:56 pm

    I can’t believe I found this! At my favorite Thai restaurant I ALWAYS order this (except they make it with chicken; although I’d rather have pork now that I’ve seen your recipe), and I always ask them “what is this curry sauce?” I’m a good cook and I just couldn’t put my finger on what was in the sauce… they always smile (love them, they’re so nice, and they always remember my order), but they won’t tell me what’s in the sauce, or even what it is, instead they just call it “chicken w/green beans” NOW I KNOW! I’t s Prik King chili paste! I’m super excited! Thank you Rachel!

    • Rachel June 30, 2015, 12:58 pm

      Great, so glad I could help pinpoint what’s in your favorite dish :)

  • Levi November 7, 2013, 8:40 am


    This recipe is killing me, i know what it tastes like cause i always order it, though when i go out to buy the ingredients from the fresh market. No one seems to sell this type of paste (fresh form). Can you maybe get me the name of this one in thai ? Feel free to write it in Thai. Though you cant buy Nam Prik King out here in Thailand.

    Thank you

  • Ron August 24, 2013, 8:45 pm

    Thanks Rachel, we shop the same way and were considering using this in place of green curry. Changing course and making the recipe above:)

    • Rachel September 5, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Haha, Ron, glad to hear that I’m not the only one who shops like this :)

  • Susan December 10, 2011, 6:30 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    Amazing recipe with all my favorite flavors. I can’t wait to prepare it for my family!

  • Jenna December 8, 2011, 10:32 am

    This looks delicious!! I love Thai food so much, but I haven’t cooked it half as much as I want to. I’m excited about perusing your recipes . . .

  • Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen December 4, 2011, 7:08 pm

    lets be honest, I’m not a fan of green beans. But when i look at these… I can just see how fresh and crunchy and flavorful they are! you’ve turned me! :)

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