Goong pad sator - Bitter beans stir-fried with shrimp paste and prawns

Goong pad sator - Bitter beans stir-fried with shrimp paste and prawns

This recipe for sator, or stink beans, stir fried with shrimp paste and prawns is a masterful balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Peel and remove the veins from the prawns, leaving the tails intact for presentation, if you wish. Place the prawn shells and heads in a tight fitting saucepan, cover with water and bring to a quick boil over a high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes
  2. Step 2

    Skim any scum from the top of the prawn stock then pass through a sieve, pressing down the shells and heads with the back of a spoon to extract maximum flavour. Discard the shells and heads and set the stock aside
  3. Step 3

    In a stone pestle and mortar, pound the chillies, garlic, coriander root and salt to a coarse paste. Add the shrimp paste and continue to work into the other ingredients. Set aside
  4. Step 4

    Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a rapid boil over a high heat. Add the stink/sator beans and blanche for 30 seconds before straining and refreshing with cold water. Drain well
  5. Step 5

    Heat the vegetable oil in a wok over a medium heat, then add the paste and stir-fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the peeled prawns, blanched stink/sator beans and torn lime leaves. Stir-fry together until the prawns are just cooked and have turned to an attractive pink colour, around 3 minutes
  6. Step 6

    Moisten with 5-6 tablespoons of the reserved prawn stock and season with the caster sugar, 1 teaspoon of the fish sauce and lime juice. Check for seasoning, and add more fish sauce if necessary - it should taste hot and umami salty. Transfer to a serving dish and eat with steamed rice