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Inspire Asia: Pennywort, Myanmar's Healthy Local Herb

Cooking is considered as science and art that can reflects each regional cultures. Asia is distinctively recognized as the world's kitchen and also a source of various unique ingredients. One of the most interesting countries in terms of food culture near Thailand is Burma or Burmese Cuisine.

Chef Wilairat Kornnoppaklao, our Professional Thai Cuisine Programme Chef Instructor chosen pennywort, a local ingredient commonly used in Burmese Cuisine with many health benefits including mouth ulcer treatment, brain nourishment, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Chef’s cooking of ‘Raw pennywort salad with grilled river prawn’, in a Thai-style salad that can reduce the bitter flavour of pennywort and making it more enjoyable. Let's take a look at our easy-to-make recipe below.



  • 50 g pennywort leaves
  • 2 river prawns
  • 50 g roasted coconut meat
  • 30 g ground roasted peanut
  • 30 g shallots
Spicy salad dressing
  • 20 g fish sauce
  • 10 g lime juice
  • 30 g tamarind paste
  • 30 g palm sugar
  • 60 g coconut cream
  • 8 g roasted large red chilies
  • 20 g roasted shallots
  • 10 g roasted garlic
  • 5 g ground dried shrimp
  • salt
  • edible fresh flowers and herbs


  1. Torn pennywort leaves into pieces and soak in salt water for 5 minutes. Rinse well with water, strain and pat dry.
  2. Prepare dressing, roasted dried large red chili, shallot, garlic until aromatic. Then pound together into fine paste add in ground dried shrimp. Set aside.
  3. Heat up coconut cream in saucepan add roasted chili paste, stir well to combine and cook until aromatic, add in seasoning. Set aside to cool down.
  4. Prepare river prawn, remove head and peel off the shell then skewer. Grill until cook.
  5. Toss pennywort leaf with salad dressing, add in sliced shallot, sliced chilli, roasted coconut meat, peanut, and grilled prawn meat.
    Plating with edible flowers and herbs

- Cooking Tips -

Washing pennywort with salt water can remove the contaminants off and keep it fresh. It should be the last to mix to avoid being bruised.

 - Chef Wilairat Kornnoppaklao
Thai Cuisine Chef Instructor

With good techniques and methods, you can create amazing dishes by using any ingredients from any regions without limitations. In our Professional Thai Cuisine Programme, our experienced Thai Cuisine Chef Instructors will teach you the essential of Thai culinary techniques that can be combined and adapted with any cuisine in the world.