Khao tod, also known as crispy rice salad, is one of my favorite dishes from Korat. My mom would make it as a treat for me and my siblings on the weekend, and we’d pile spoonfuls into cabbage leaves and eat them like tiny tacos. I still make it all the time for Chrissy. With every bite, you get crunchy bits of fried rice, tangy lime, refreshing herbs, the snap of raw ginger, a touch of heat from the chiles and the roasted peanuts.
Most of the work is rolling the seasoned rice into balls and frying them. I like my rice extra crunchy so I flatten the balls into discs to get more crispy edges. Traditionally it is made with naem, which is a fermented Thai sausage, but I use Spam (yes, I love Spam!) cooked until tender with garlic and lime juice to give it a savory-tangy taste. But if you don’t like Spam, you can also substitute cooked ground pork, or crumbled Thai Sour Sausage.
Reprinted from The Pepper Thai Cookbook Copyright © 2021 by Vilailuck Teigen. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Jenny Huang. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.
1 cup diced Spam Less Sodium
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Vegetable oil, for shallow-frying
1 large egg
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
Grated zest of 1 lime
¼ cup all-purpose flour
4 cups cooked jasmine rice (preferably cold)
8 small dried red chiles, such as chile de árbol (optional)
½ cup unsalted roasted peanuts
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (2 to 3 limes)
6 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Roasted Chile Powder or 4 thinly sliced fresh bird’s eye chiles, to taste
2 small to medium shallots, or ½ medium red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about «⁄¡ cup)
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
8 scallions, finely chopped
Fresh, easy, and vegetarian friendly!
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