Thai-licious: When you make a Thai dish at home that tastes as good as (if not better) then what you would get at your favorite Thai restaurant.
I have always liked Sniglets*, which are those words that don’t appear in the dictionary but should. I generally like these for their comedic value, but today’s new Sniglet isn’t introduced for its humor. Thai-licious is introduced because we needed something to describe dinner the other night.
The June edition of Eating Well had a section entitled ‘Thai tonight’. Since we like to eat Thai, it seemed like a good place to peruse for dinner ideas. While a few of the featured recipes looked interesting, the Grilled Beef Salad was the one that ultimately jumped out at me.
It is hard to put my finger on exactly what about this recipe that worked so well. It might have been the small amount of rice you brown and then grind which gave it a nice crunchiness. Maybe it was the fish sauce that you rub onto the steak that gave it the unique Thai taste. Could have been the addition of fresh mint, basil and cilantro. Maybe the shallots soaked in water? Heck, it could have been the chilies or garlic or lime juice for all I know. Most likely it was the combination of all of these working together that gave this dish such a great flavor.
As is often the case with recipes from Eating Well this was a lot of work. This dish is certainly not something you would throw together on a harried work night. On a weekend when you might have some time however, we can attest that the time spent will be well worth it.
* My all-time favorite Sniglets are:
- Lactomangulation: Manhandling the “open here” spout on a milk container so badly that one has to resort to the “illegal” side.
- Buckstasy: The joy of finding money in your pocket that you had forgotten about or thought you lost.
- Cinemuck: The sticky residue on the floor of a movie theater