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Thai Lemongrass & Chilli Shrimp | Food Busker

August 21, 2019

Food Tubers, Food Busker in the territory. I cook on the street people try my food then people tell me what they think that bowl of food is worth. And this week I’m going to cook for you the most amazing Thai inspired lemongrass and chilli shrimp. It’s going to be so tasty. You’ve got really quick, clean and fresh flavours. And the beautiful coconut milk that brings that all together, complimented by the coriander. It’s going to be amazing, it’s gonna be on a bed of rice and you and me are gonna be happy. Right let’s prep the chilli. Top off and then we’re just gonna take out the seeds and the pith. And then nice thin strips because this is a delicate curry with clean fresh flavours so you don’t want big chunks of chilli in there. We’re just going to cut them into a nice fine dice. Okay that’s done, now let’s get the ginger done. Okay so we’re just going to take the skin off and then again I’m going to turn this into batons and then I’m gonna turn it into dice. So it’s important to have all of your ingredients at the same size because they’re all cooking at the same time. I’ve got these Thai red shallots, absolutely delicious. What we’re gonna do is just cut them in half. Take the tops off, take the skin off and then again turn them into dice. You can get these from most of your Chinese super markets but if you can’t get these, use regular shallots. Now lemon grass, now with this bad boy all we’re going to do is bruise it. So I’m just going to cut it in half and then I’m just gonna crack it. And then cut it in half again. And then that leaches out the beautiful lemon grass into the coconut milk. Delicious. Right, come and have a butchers. So we got the lemon grass, the red Thai shallots, the ginger and the red chilli. Now the shrimp loving. I’m just gonna show you how to prep these guys. So they’ve got a shell on. You start at the top of the head, you start peeling off the jacket of the shell. Okay now if you don’t want to use these guys and you don’t want to go through the faff of taking the shells off then you can buy the ones that are already prepped. And cook them raw. But you don’t want to use the already cooked ones because this releases so much flavour into the whole sauce. The cooked ones won’t do that. Right the next thing we need to do is we need to take out the intestinal canal. So knife along the top. Once you’ve done that, then continue to butterfly. You do that for 2 reasons. A it cooks faster and B it takes on more flavour. Time to get cooking, pan on. Little bit of sunflower oil, a tablespoon and a half. Shrimp in. So the shrimp’s in and immediately you’re getting that smell, amazing. And then everything else in except the lemon grass. So fresh and clean you just got this explosion of Thai loveliness just coming out. You should take about 2 minutes to just cook that through, you don’t want to over cook the shrimp. And you’ll know the shrimps ready because they’re beautiful pink. Now let’s get four tablespoons of coconut milk in there. And now drop the lemon grass in and let’s just incorporate all those ingredients. Now that lemon grass is going to seep into the rest of the sauce and give it a beautiful vibrant zingy-ness. See this is why I’ve left the heads on. All the juiciness, the oils and all the flavour from those fish heads has bled now into the coconut milk. The steaming spoon of street food says Yarh! Now let’s zest a lime. So I’m just going to add this at the end just to cut through the heaviness of the coconut milk. And then I’ve just got a little bit of coriander to do as well. Stalks and leaves, let’s just rattle through. 2 tablespoons of heavy double cream. Get those mixed in. The cream is going to add a depth to it. Going to make it more luxurious. Okay that’s all come together so now it’s time to add the lime zest to cut through and now the coriander to freshen it. Right that’s ready, heat off. Right, I’ve got 3 bowls of white rice. Just use long grain, you can use whatever you want. Now let’s get the prawns on top. Now I’m going to finish it off with a sprinkle of chilli flakes, just to give it a little bit of heat. Now I reckon a bowl of that loveliness, that’s a fiver. Let’s take it to the streets and see what people are going to pay for them. Are you hungry? He’s not hungry it’s too early. Come on come on. So I’m the food busker, I cook on the street, people try my food and they tell me what they think it’s worth. We’re getting a ‘Mmmm!’ I think that’s a good sign. Now remember, Christmas spirit, even though it’s not Christmas. Seven? Seven pounds! Get in. Good work, love your jumper. See ya later. 1 down 2 to go. Let’s find some more. Right, here we go lads. So I’m the Food Busker I cook on the street. Good? No?! That’s a yes right? No, okay. 1-1 Man down. I’m the Food Busker, I cook on the street, people try my food and then they tell me what they think it’s worth. Tuck into that little bad boy there. How nervous are you? Err, no no no there’s confidence. Doesn’t your hair look nice today! A few compliments doesn’t go a miss, just being friendly. This is very good, it is. There was never any doubt of course. Now how much would you pay for that bowl of food there? Share it with us. 6 pounds. Six pound! 2 – 1 Come on! Well done chef good work, good work, thank you. That wasn’t bad was it. 2-1 I’ll have that. Now remember people what would you have paid for this little number? Leave me a comment in the box below and subscribe to Food Tube it’s free. And if you want to see more amazing street food there’s the Food Busker’s channel so go on! Subscribe.


  • Reply Arijana Grande November 10, 2015 at 9:53 am

    my favorite food is pizza and ice cream

  • Reply Arijana Grande November 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

    my name is ariana grande

  • Reply My Fussy Eater (Ciara Attwell) November 10, 2015 at 11:17 am

    This looks amazing!!! I love the taste of lemongrass so much!

  • Reply Michael McIntyre November 10, 2015 at 11:20 am

    when your girlfriend has ice cream and you have the only clean spoon 3:18

  • Reply Deff Pluto November 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

    for 6 pounds i can cook twice the whole thing for myself at home ( thailand)

  • Reply Bart's Fish Tales November 10, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Great John!

  • Reply AMPSikarin November 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    น่ากินไว้จะทำกินบ้าง ให้ 60 บาท

  • Reply Green Spot November 10, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    galangal instead of ginger and ad some kafir lime then I´m with ya :D^^

  • Reply Javier Lee November 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Am I the only one that HATES the taste and scent of coriander?

  • Reply Javier Lee November 10, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    The irony, I'm Asian and I hate coriander.

  • Reply Ammitious November 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Caffier lime leaves would be better than cilantro and instead of ginger, I think galangal would be a lot better 🙂

  • Reply Lizzie November 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Booooom. 😀

  • Reply Earth Planet November 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I'm Thai and I will give you 7 pounds for tasting!! <3 Ummm Yummy~! I want to try!

  • Reply Rahul Sangole November 10, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Any tips on how I can make a vegetarian version of this? Looks incredible!

  • Reply Samar Samuel November 10, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    yum, i will be making this dish, great job!

  • Reply chewie chews kitchen November 10, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Great concept food busker! I love how you take it to the street and engage people!

  • Reply Donnie R November 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Where can I find this recipe?

  • Reply Jackos Allotment November 10, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    50p ? ……. Only joking got to be easy £7 as you're using delicious fresh produce ! Love the way you delicately remove the poop sack as I always call it lol

  • Reply toodamnfob November 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    replacement for coconut milk?

  • Reply Nicolas Boschung November 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    in switzerland 11.00 swiss francs

  • Reply Achela Fernando November 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Seems goooood. I am fascinated by how there is no salt/fish sauce added and yet how amazingly tasty it seems. Thanks for the idea particularly suited for those trying to reduce salt intake.

  • Reply Craig17g November 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    A fiver would be a bargain for that. The prawns alone would probably cost 4 quid each.

  • Reply PatrickAllenNL November 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    wow amazing…great knife skills…but the first cut looked dangerously like it would take a finger of

  • Reply PatrickAllenNL November 10, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    a fiverr?? now way sir that is a NINER

  • Reply Matt Sanders November 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I need you in my life. I kinda have to move to the UK i guess..

  • Reply MissKelli916 November 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    My first time watching the food busker. Lol, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more videos from him. 👍👍👍

  • Reply saintvictorie November 11, 2015 at 3:52 am

    I'd pay £10 man looks dam good

  • Reply Anna November 11, 2015 at 4:04 am

    Depending on where this is served, if it's in a fancy restaurant it could easily be $15

  • Reply J. Huynh November 11, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Going to try this out 🙂 thanks!

  • Reply Maggie Wang November 11, 2015 at 5:34 am

    $9.99 CAD

  • Reply Love Happy Ali November 11, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Looks delicious and easy too.

  • Reply Jonathan Gay November 11, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Looks tasty. That worker must be mental to deny that! I'd pay $8.

  • Reply Um Yanachai November 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    For the perfect taste… You need thai fish sauce

  • Reply ich du November 11, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    no salt ?

  • Reply Asghar Ali November 11, 2015 at 7:47 pm


  • Reply YStormify November 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Awkward handshakes init

  • Reply YStormify November 11, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Honestly i'd pay up to 20 for that thats some fine dining

  • Reply crunchips0crust November 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    no salt, fish sauce or anything???

  • Reply Spakko TV November 11, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    you would get about 6 € in germany maybe 7
    But i think GB is more expenisive isn't it?

  • Reply XcrissRS13 November 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    You are my hero, John. 😀 I love the way you cook (on the street)! 🙂

  • Reply Royce Nestor November 12, 2015 at 8:27 am

    No palm sugar, galangal or real heat. Sweet Sour Salty Hot and maybe Umami. Street busker jog on my friend. 2 pound if you used a banana prawn.

  • Reply pAojy November 12, 2015 at 10:11 am

    That looks really good I'm hungry just watching this 👍🏻

  • Reply Peip692 November 12, 2015 at 10:49 am

    OY MATEY MATE! seriously though, youve outdone yourself with this one – it looks INCROYABLES! i really want to try that.

    Peace out J-dawg

  • Reply Gladwin Israel November 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    In India it can go for 100 above

  • Reply O Melhores Corretoras November 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm


  • Reply Alexander Khrebet November 12, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I'm from Ukraine and I'd pay here about £4 but in England up to £10, so, 1:3 for busker

  • Reply chris cocktailz November 12, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Did he add salt? I would add a little salt or fish sauce. MSG if you want to cheat.

  • Reply IgnoreMyName November 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Love foodbusker!

  • Reply Kevin Lafferty November 13, 2015 at 1:43 am

    8 quid
    love your channel

  • Reply Dydimus November 13, 2015 at 1:43 am

    why not sesame oil?

  • Reply GOVIND KALE November 13, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Can't help notice that he didn't add any salt pepper… does this dish goes without it ?
    but looks wonderful no doubt.

  • Reply dotzor3 November 13, 2015 at 3:21 am

    It looks and should taste amazing, however 2 prawns and a bowl of rice. I'd give $3 SGD at best. $10 if you give me a full plate of it though.

  • Reply Brendan Ma November 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Have your parents ever said that they were proud of you?

  • Reply Luís Pizarro November 14, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Full flavor. Succulent!!! uummmm €8

  • Reply Abbie Mataio November 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    totally 12 to 15 bucks.. looks amazing

  • Reply Angga Pramudya November 15, 2015 at 3:36 am

    You always show how to cook in a simple and fast, yet it easy to follow 😊
    This one looks so yummy.
    When you stirred the sauce at the end of your cooking, I think I'm salivating 😅

  • Reply rumaN November 15, 2015 at 10:51 am

    £4.99 mate.

  • Reply Phát Đỗ Duy November 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I pay 20$ for two boil

  • Reply Phát Đỗ Duy November 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I mean bowls

  • Reply T .Nichiren November 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I've visited Thailand many times and I must say, Holy crap man, it looks marvellous !

  • Reply Inkanesia Novaritasari November 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Can I get the recipe? 😊

  • Reply timhrim November 18, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    "this steaming stody spoon….Yah!!!!" @[email protected] What!? ROFL

  • Reply Love Happy Ali November 19, 2015 at 4:53 am

    I love Thai food and it looks so simple to make !!!!! happy days

  • Reply Ben Henry November 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    It needs to be seasoned with fish sauce and palm sugar!! There is no seasoning in the dish.

  • Reply Kivex November 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    i guess the worker guy ate the head of the shrimp based on his reaction

  • Reply Marcelo Santos November 20, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Amazing flavors combinations lemongrass and chilli flakes with prawns. Thank you for sharing +Food Busker!

  • Reply grimTales1 November 22, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    That looks amazing!

  • Reply mrFrankey Stein November 23, 2015 at 1:47 am

    in America it would easily be 10 dollars

    not sure how how that is in euros

  • Reply Toto CH December 14, 2015 at 1:33 am

    As many have said, I confirm: add lots of chopped degermed fresh garlic and some fish sauce, and please use good quality coconut milk instead of adding cream… 😉

  • Reply ozy nation January 4, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I would give my daughter and four camels for it

  • Reply TUA ๆ January 6, 2016 at 2:05 pm


  • Reply TheStallion234 January 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    That looks bangin'

  • Reply Bexy Evans February 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    That looks really good!

  • Reply Dani Stevens February 11, 2016 at 6:44 am

    L😍VE you long time X

  • Reply Fabrice Kuonen March 2, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Amazing guy n very gentle n cool!!!;)…Go ahead!!!:)

  • Reply Workin0nit March 19, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I would've eaten that food off the fucking floor. Meanwhile dingus in the traffic vest goes home and eats plain white bread dipped in ranch.

  • Reply Mohd Hafidz March 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    he should put in some lime juice….that how thais doin it

  • Reply marunik yo April 8, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hello! I would like to try first.

  • Reply Gold Rathian April 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    come to germany and give me some !!!!

  • Reply LeeZKitchen May 14, 2016 at 8:14 am

    seafood, I love seafood 🙂

  • Reply Goof K July 16, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    That taste is absolutely not thai taste.

  • Reply Rachel Smith July 27, 2016 at 7:25 pm


  • Reply Lefteris Michaelides August 1, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Please inform us of the quantity of Shrimps and number of people that this recipe serves. Where can I access the recipe in full.

  • Reply Aidan August 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Find it so amusing that people who know how to cook the authentic versions correct these. 😛 (Still good food though)

  • Reply Chantelle Alisa August 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    1 million pounds 💪💪

  • Reply Hello Echi January 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    so cool! i'll make it with more chillies … thank for ur video ❤ it

  • Reply Aymxn January 29, 2017 at 8:16 am


  • Reply 121slayer February 4, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I'd pay $9.50 for that delicious food.

  • Reply jim elisa March 11, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    is there a detailed recipy list???

  • Reply nat wolf April 9, 2017 at 5:28 am

    10 pounds

  • Reply Hannah Plas June 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

    That probably sounds pathetic to you as a chilli lover, but a couple days ago, I bought my first ever chilli😂🌶 I'm still contemplating what to cook with it, keeping in mind, I'll only use a little bit, because I don't like really spicy things. What kind of dish or a specific one would you recommend? And i don't eat meat at the moment. Should I make a vegetable curry? Thought I'd ask you, as you use chillies so often! ☺️🔥

  • Reply Blanca Tran August 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    $7.00 per bowl 🍚 😍😋

  • Reply Jan Slagter November 9, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Looks amazing but quick question, what can I change the coconut milk with? Butter?

  • Reply breste hans January 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Great guy and Shrimps 🙂

  • Reply Roz Sa January 29, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    £5? That's at least 15 dorra.

  • Reply Chloe March 26, 2018 at 8:12 am

    just made this and it was so yummyy!!!!! thank you for the great idea, i didn't use the extra cream but i did add lime juice and fish sauce?? will definitely make again!!

  • Reply ZaidsExperience June 23, 2018 at 2:01 am

    I think I might be making this one tomorrow. Sweet!

  • Reply 50er Bizeps February 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    at 0:32 damn boy his finger nails dirty af

  • Reply Kawaii Squish lps :3 April 2, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Over priced crappy chef food..greedy much?..

  • Reply new life May 21, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    You deserve £10

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