Spicy Pork with Stink Beans a popular dish here in the North.
Growing on trees some 30 metres high the beans grow in clusters.
Popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Burma and NE India they are known as Bitter Bean, Petai, Kampa, Mizo, Pakra and Sa Tor here in Thailand which translates as stinky bean. When you eat this bean it has the same effect on your urine and your farts as asparagus and I have also been told that if you eat Sugar Puffs then it smells like Sugar puffs …Totally off subject but that was what my son told me when I informed him they had the same effect as asparagus…When the beans are young they can be eaten raw, fried or pickled. The beans are either pickled or frozen when being exported.
Similar in looks to the Broad bean the seeds turn black when dried and may need to be peeled before cooking.
Healthwise this bean is packed with…Iron(42.50%) Vitamin C (36.33%) Protein 20.00%)
Vitamin B2 (15.38%) Carbohydrate (13.00% another of natures powerhouses.
As a cure for hangovers combined with honey and milk, this particular milkshakes made is considered to help to ease a hangover because it can easily enhance blood glucose levels whilst the milk is wonderful for calming as well as re-fix the fluid level within the body.
- 400 gm of pork thinly sliced I use hip or pork loin you can also use chicken if prefered.
- 1 cup of stink beans
- Fish Sauce
- 1 tbsp of coconut cream
- Pinch sugar
- 4/6 kaffir lime leaves finely shredded
- Sm amount of red curry paste.
Heat a small amount of oil in a wok or frying pan and add your curry paste.(see note below) Aff fine;y slice lime leaves and stir-fry for a minute until flavours are released.
Add the pork and stir-fry until cooked..4-5 minutes. Add the stink beans, Fish Sauce, Coconut cream and a pinch of sugar.
Serve with Steamed Rice.
N.B: IF USING A REGULAR RED CURRY PASTE I WOULD USE APPROX DESSERT SP TO START THE CURRY PASTE WE BUY IS VERY HOT AND YOU ONLY NEED 1/2 TSP IT IS FIERY. BUT I ALWAYS SAY WHEN USING A CURRY PASTE THAT YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THEN ADD A SMALL AMOUNT, TASTE AND ADD MORE IF REQUIRED.
We like our curries quite spicy and know our pastes so add accordingly but still taste as chillies vary but I have learnt that if buying fresh paste to ask to taste and you soon know if it packs a punch or not….lol
If you can’t get fresh stink beans then you can use frozen…When the beans fresh they don’t have a strong smell but the smell is stronger when the beans are older or frozen.
I hope you have enjoyed learning about the stink bean or Sa Tor if you have please pin or share to your favourite social media and if you cook with stink beans please let me know what you cook in comments I love hearing from you…
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