Stinky beans and shrimp is a southern dish. Stinky bean trees grow wild in southern part of Thailand. The long coast lines of both the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand provide fresh seafood. If you have a chance to go to southern part of Thailand, try this dish and other stinky bean dishes.
Stinky Beans and Shrimp Recipe
Stinky beans are available in the frozen food section at many Oriental markets. I use one package (4oz –almost one cup) for this recipe. The stinky beans may look like they are freezer burnt, but will reconstitute after soaking in water for a few minutes. Split the beans apart (they will split like peanuts). Peel and devein the shrimp.
Add a tablespoon of oil to a wok or pan over medium heat. Drop the curry paste in and try to break up the paste and stir it around to let the oil bring out the aroma and flavors in the curry paste. Drain the stinky beans and add them to the pan. Stir to coat the beans with curry paste for a minute. Add shrimp and stir until the shrimp are nearly cooked through. Add fish sauce and sugar. Stir again to mix in the fish sauce and sugar and turn off the heat. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp.
Serve hot with rice.