Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry

Thai stir-fry pork with Red Curry paste is an easy dish to cook. It’s a dry curry favourite that is easy and guaranteed delicious. The added long beans make it a balanced midweek dish to satisfy craving for authentic Thai flavours.

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Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 20 mins

Side, Main


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Nutrition per Serving

375 kcal
5 g
36 g
7 g

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My mom cooks the best stir-fry red curry using pork belly. This recipe is one of her best dishes. The chillies in the red curry paste gives some heat to balance the sweetness and saltiness of the dish.

As the meat cooks, the fats in the pork belly melt and caramelized the meat and spices. The added green beans make it a great one pan dish for a workweek dinner. Just like all savoury dishes, it goes really well with steaming hot rice.

Closed up view of the dish
Closed up view of the dish

Why cook this recipe?

It is a one pan easy dish. Perfect for week day cooking and meal prep. The ingredients are easy to get and rather common in a Thai kitchen.

Spicy and sweet ingredients
Spicy and sweet ingredients

My mom specifically uses jungle curry paste in this recipe. The paste is fragrant with more intense flavours compared to the common red curry paste.

What is jungle curry?

In Thai, it is known as Gaeng Pa whereby it literally means ‘jungle’. This curry is made up of a spice paste that originates from the North of Thailand which is filled with thick forest. Many types of herbs and vegetables goes into making this curry, just like a whole bowl of ‘forest’. That is how it got its name!

Jungle curry is cooked without using coconut milk. Since it does not have the creaminess of the typical red curry, the flavours depend highly on the curry paste itself.

Therefore, the spice mix is much more complicated than the typical red curry paste. Uncommon ingredients such as coriander seeds, white peppercorns, nutmeg, cumin and peppercorns make up the spice mix. This makes the dish more aromatic and the reason why jungle curry paste is used instead.

Jungle curry paste and pounded fresh chillies
Jungle curry paste and pounded fresh chillies

Thai red curry paste

Jungle curry paste is usually sold at Asian grocer or your local Thai grocery mart. In Thailand, fresh paste is sold in the market. Choose the red curry paste of good quality whereby it does not have any preservatives or additional salt.

Otherwise, use your favourite red curry paste as a substitute. I like to add 1/4 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1/4 teaspoon of white peppercorns and finely sliced lemon grass for extra aromatics.

Long beans and other vegetables

Long beans are commonly added into this dish. My mother’s pro tip is to always slice them diagonally so they have more surface to absorb as much flavours as possible.

Chopping long beans
Chopping long beans

Other options are Thai aubergine (chopped into wedges), sliced capsicum or snow peas.

Meat or vegan substitute

Jungle curry paste works well with wild meat. We personally prefer pork but you can replicate this dish with any protein of your choice.

When using tofu, use firm tofu and sear it on a pan so that it does not break easily. Tempeh will be a better choice for such stir-fry dishes.

Meal prep recipe

You can refrigerate the dish for up to 5 days or freeze it in an airtight container for up to a month. Simply reheat using the microwave or by steaming the dish.


270 g
pork belly
1 1⁄2 tbsp
bird-eye chillies
1 tbsp
jungle curry paste
1 tbsp
Thai palm sugar
1 tbsp
fish sauce
4 tbsp
1 cup
long beans
kafir lime leaves

Steps to Prepare

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 1

Step 1 of 6

    • 270 g pork belly

Slice pork belly into bite-sized chunks, ca. 1 cm thick.

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 2

Step 2 of 6

    • 1 1⁄2 tbsp bird-eye chillies

Roughly pound or chop fresh chillies. Remove the membranes to reduce the spiciness. Reduce the number of chillies if preferred.

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 3

Step 3 of 6

Heat oil in the wok over high heat. Once heated, add belly pork to sauté until they are slightly tan or turn white. The pork is not fully cooked yet at this point.

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 4

Step 4 of 6

    • 1 tbsp jungle curry paste

Add curry paste and pounded chillies. Quickly toss the meat to evenly coat them.

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 5

Step 5 of 6

    • 1 tbsp Thai palm sugar
    • 1 tbsp fish sauce
    • 4 tbsp water

Then, add palm sugar and fish sauce. Mix well until palm sugar melts and caramelized the meat. Add water into the wok to make some gravy.

Stir Fry Pork with Red Curry Step 6

Step 6 of 6

    • 1 cup long beans
    • 3 kafir lime leaves

Add chopped long beans. Continue tossing the ingredients until the long beans are cooked and turn into a shade of lighter green. Add chopped kaffir lime leaves and cook for another 10 seconds. Turn off the stove.

Published: May 20, 2022

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