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Thai Street Food Made at Home - Crazy Easy and Crazy Delicious in 30 Minutes

Bangkok is known as the tropical capital of Thailand, but it’s also known for its street food. This recipe will give you a glimpse of their cuisine.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • ¾ lb ground pork (or you could use ground turkey)
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 habanero, finely chopped (or bird’s eye chili, if you can find it)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ c mint leaves, use your hands and tear it apart, it releases the oils beautifully
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Maldon salt to taste

Instructions

  • Chop all ingredients "mise en place."
  • Grab a bowl and combine the shallots, fish sauce, hot peppers, sugar, lime juice, and half of the scallions, mint, and cilantro.  You’re nearly halfway done :)
  • Heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil (link Pantry one) over medium heat and cook the ground pork for about 5 minutes.  This step is not meant to brown the ground pork, but just to cook it until it’s no longer pink.  I use a wooden spoon and move the meat around frequently to achieve even cooking and break up any clumps.  Remove the pork and drain the juices (in other words, use a slotted spoon to take the meat out of the skillet). Let the meat cool a couple minutes.
  • Combine the meat with the sauce and give it good stir.  Taste it. Now is a good time to add some Maldon salt to brighten up the flavors a bit.
  • Serve over cooked rice, top with remaining scallions, mint, and cilantro, and serve with an ice cold beer (a Corona Extra works excellent).

Notes