Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl

Add an Asian flair to your mid-week supper routine with this easy and flavorful Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl

Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

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.

Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl | The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


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.

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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.


Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl
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  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, tough outer leaves removed, finely chopped
  • 1 thai chile, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • juice from 1 lime, plus extra for garnish
  • chopped scallions and thinly sliced carrots for garnish
  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice


  1. Prepare the jasmine rice according the packages directions.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, drizzle 2 teaspoons of avocado or grapeseed oil and add the ginger, garlic and lemongrass. Saute for about 1 minute then add the sliced thai chile.
  3. Add the beef and break it up into small pieces, combing it with the ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chile. Season with kosher salt. Cook until the beef is browned and no longer pink throughout.
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and lime juice.
  5. Pour the sauce over the browned beef and cook for about 3-4 minutes or until the beef has mostly absorbed the sauce and it's thickened up a bit in the pan.
  6. To serve divide the rice between 4 bowls and top with the beef. Finishing with chopped scallions and sliced carrots with a slice of lime on the side.
Recipe Type: Main

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16 thoughts on “Thai Beef and Lemongrass Rice Bowl

    1. Susan Palmer

      The high cost is elsewhere Courtney! The secret is to learning where the cheap eats are. So when are you coming to visit? 🙂

  1. Heather // girlichef

    Well, I guess I know where you’re taking me next time I get to your neck of the woods. I want to go in the place with the duck hanging in the window, too! 😉 This sounds incredible, I have to try making it soon, I know I’d love it.

  2. Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    What is it about Chinatown in the winter? I mean, sometimes there is just no better combination. Winter is my favorite time to visit any of the Chinatowns – Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan. I would dive into your rice bowl too, though, it looks amazing!

    1. Susan Palmer

      Yes! I visited San Francisco Chinatown too and we ended up in this little Dim Sum place that was cheap, delicious and a dive. The trifecta completed!

  3. Sandy Headtke

    I’m saving this to try, but will use ground turkey and make a lettuce wrap. I sprouted some lemongrass and now have a pot growing outside since lemongrass is now one of my favorites.

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