Shrimp with Stink Beans and Shrimp Paste

Shrimp with Stink Beans and Shrimp Paste

Pad Sator Gung

Serves 2 Cooks in 20 minutes Difficulty Easy

Are you ready for a strong tasting dose of real Southern Thai Cuisine? If so then this dish, know as Pad Sator Gung in Thai, packs a real flavoursome punch.

One of the main ingredients are Stink Beans, Sator in Thai. Stink beans contain an amino acid that gives off a strong smell. These beans are only easily available during a short season and Southern Thais wait with eager anticipation for that time. We all go a little crazy for stink beans here.

If you are wondering why I am featuring such a strong tasting dish on my recipe blog, I was recently asked to teach this at my Thai cooking class here in Khao Lak by a couple of fans of proper Southern Thai Cuisine.

Am not sure if you will be able to source stink beans outside of Thailand but you could use something with a strong taste like asparagus as an alternative.


  • 7 large shrimp
  • 100g stink beans
  • 50g minced pork
  • 30g shallots
  • 20g garlic
  • 5 chilli
  • 40g shrimp paste
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp stock
  • 1/4 onion, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tbsp oil
Shrimp with Stink Beans ingredients
What you will need.


  1. Roughly smash the shallots, garlic and chilli in a pestle and mortar to break up the ingredients.
  2. Add the shrimp paste and mix well. Add in some water to form a thick sauce.
  3. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan and add the shrimp paste mixture.
  4. Keeping the ingredients moving, add the shrimp, minced pork, stink beans, sugar, oyster sauce, stock and juice from the lime. You want to fry the ingredients hot and quick.
  5. The shrimps will not take long to cook. Once they turn pink, remove the wok from the heat.

To Serve

Serve the Shrimp with Stink Beans in a large bowl with side plates of steamed rice.

Hope you enjoy Pad Sator Gung by Apple 🍎 Riverside Thai Cooking in Khao Lak.