Add an Asian flair to your mid-week supper routine with this easy and flavorful Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl.
Can we talk about one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn today?
I realized that as much as I might talk, excuse me, I mean complain about city life, I don’t always talk about my very favorite things. Especially some of the things that people might not really know about it.
My main example is Brooklyn Chinatown. Did you know it existed? Sure everyone thinks about the one in Manhattan and yes, I realize if you’re into food or have lived in Brooklyn forever it’s going to be your place to go for some seriously good Asian food. However outsiders, well, now you know.
Braden and I pop down there a few times a month, mostly because it’s just so easy to get to from our apartment. Plus who can say no to a piping hot bowl of noodle soup, dumplings for a dollar or pho? Yeah, that’s right, there’s more than just Chinese food lining the streets of 8th avenue in Brooklyn.
It’s essentially the mecca for any Asian cuisine cravings – well most cuisines. Next to your dollar dumpling guy is our favorite Vietnamese restaurant with bowls of pho bigger than your head that costs $6. A couple of blocks down you have Chinese restaurants specializing in seafood with crazy live fish displayed in the windows and a Malaysian restaurant across the street.
For a first timer, it can be a little overwhelming but after awhile you figure out your favorite places (hint hint, if I find peking duck hanging in the window I’m likely to pull you in). Oddly enough what’s not circling around much are Thai restaurants and for a staple that everyone seems to eat in NY, we just don’t.
I think it’s my doing though, too much heat, too much coconut in a lot of those dishes. Except once in a while you get that craving and one night I did, so we circled round to a Thai joint near our apartment to finally find the one Thai dish that was meant for me. Somewhat like our Thai beef, it was ground pork with chiles, ginger, garlic, long beans, all over a bed of rice.
The dish struck a chord with me and then I sort of forgot about it. It happens, I was probably distracted by dumplings.
Then I sort of remembered it again but not everything about it, so I made up my own and safe to say I like Thai food but when I make it at home! My version was a bit light in the heat department but feel free to spice yours up as much as you want by keeping the capsaicin seeds of the chiles in there.
Let’s also ignore that it’s not actually in a bowl, it was an artistic choice.