Put the water in a large pan and add the celery, soy sauce and white pepper. Bring to the boil. Add the rice, fish sauce and the prawns. Bring to the boil and cook until the prawns are cooked, about 3 minutes. Keep warm while you quickly sauté the garlic in the oil until it is just golden.
Pour into individual bowls, sprinkle with the fried garlic and scatter over a few coriander leaves.
PS I know some people add five spice powder or MSG (monosodium glutamate) in Thai dishes like this one, but personally I don’t approve.
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