What In The World Is ‘Khao Ku Kapeet’?

Hint: It’s edible and it’s yummy!

When I came to Chiang Mai with my mother in 2008, the monks at Wat Si Moon (a Burmese temple) near Chiang Mai gate told us to go eat at a nearby small restaurant, a few doors down from the temple. The monks told us that Burmese boys work there and that we could even order in Burmese.

Since then we’ve gone back there when we were here in 2009 and now that we live here, we like to go there for breakfast/lunch once a week! 🙂

What do we order there each time? We order Khao Ku Kapeet (t is silent). One of the many dishes I love here in Thailand. I have a picture for you here so you can drool on your computer.. hee heee!


Doesn’t that look good?

What’s all in this beautiful looking tasty dish you wondered!?

It is a rice dish. The rice is mixed with shrimp paste and has a nice savory flavor to it. The Thais call this shrimp/fish paste Kapeet and we Burmese call it Ngapeet- ‘OK close enough’ I say!

Don’t let the fish paste description fool you into NOT trying it. It’s quite yummy!

Other ingredients that make this Thai dish so good are:

  • thinly sliced fried eggs
  • thinly sliced mangoes
  • thinly sliced onions
  • sliced chili peppers
  • cilantro
  • lime
  • sliced cucumbers
  • fried dried shrimp
  • pork cooked with tasty gravy

You’d want to mix it all together like a salad. You could also add a tangy, sweet tamarind sauce to the mix (recommended).  And Voila!

It is 30B = $1.00

We eat here at least once a week after we drop off M at school and after we go to one of my favorite markets.

Where: Located near Chiang Mai gate to the west of Wat Si Moon, this tiny restaurant is sandwiched between a children’s store (look for a large sign with “Welcome” greetings in many languages) and a mechanic shop (look for Mischelin man auto shop) with a tree right in the center of the opening of the restaurant.  They have many other dishes as well so give them a try!

This post was originally written on 29th September 2010 at Got Passport™.Org.  It now finds a new home on this blog, where it belongs.

Until the next yummy foodie post, cheers from Chiang Mai, Thailand.


15 thoughts on “What In The World Is ‘Khao Ku Kapeet’?

  1. Yes, we would love to meet. We follow your GotPassport blog and learn a lot from it. We arrived a week ago and plan to stay here for a year or so. We came with 2 children (1y/o and 4 y/o). I was searching for your email and couldn’t find one.
    guyjoules at gmail dot com

    1. Hello there, So sorry for the late reply. We have family in town and are traveling during the holidays. Perhaps in the new year, we can meet your family in person. Happy holidays to your family in Chiang Mai.

  2. It does look yummy… great article.
    I think deep inside we came to CM for this dish 🙂
    Anyway, we were searching for this place twice but couldn’t find it during the evening. Probably closed at these hours.
    Does the restaurant have a name or is it an unnamed stall?

    Guy and the family.

    1. I’m so behind on replying to comments. Sorry. It is right next to Wat Sai Moon (Myanmar/Burmese Wat) near the south gate. If you’re still here and want to meet up one day, we can do that. Just email me or catch me on CLG FB page. Welcome to Chiang Mai! 🙂

  3. Hello Avril, while doing research on Chiang Mai I found your articles and just kept reading, loved them! I love thai cuisine and i’m going to Chiang Mai at the end of november, I’ll spend 1 month there and I’m looking for a good and authentic place to learn the basics of thai cuisine (I’m a young chef from Mexico), I’ve found some places but I think they’re very “touristy”. Do you have any advice? I’ll appreciate it so much! (I already wrote down all the places you mention cause I can’t wait to try the food, great descriptions!)

    1. Mariana, I’m so sorry for the late reply. Sorry. I’ve not done any cooking classes here. However, back in 2009 when we were here we stayed at Sabai Garden near the south gate (CM Gate). The owner, Vicky is a well renounced Chef and she may still be doing cooking classes for private lessons. Hope this works out. If you are already here, email me or find me on FB page and I’ll take you there personally. I’ll call her first! 🙂 Welcome to Chiang Mai!

  4. Wow, that looks yummy!
    We (mom, dad and 2 daughters) are coming to CM for a year, maybe more and we can’t wait to visit this place.
    BTW, great stuff you have here and in gotpassport.org…

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