Inspired by my obscene fondness for a few of the dishes at Whiskey Soda Lounge
, I did a little searching about how to make sticky rice and my favorite dish (so far) that they serve, Neua Naam Tok. I didn't think it was going to be so simple, but a look at one of my cookbooks and a couple of websites was enough to get me going.Sticky rice
is actually so simple it's ridiculous. You just have to buy the right kind of rice, soak the rice, and steam it in the proper implement, the traditional basket-and-base thing shown here. I was somewhat reluctant to purchase a unitasker that was so large, but I figured that was the thing that would give me the real-deal sticky rice I wanted, and I figured we could find room for it. Bonus, the market up on Sandy, Thanh Thao, had everything I need. A search for Neua Naam Tok dug up its translated name, Waterfall Beef. The version I made at home
was not quite as awesome as the dish at Pok Pok, or as brain-meltingly spicy, but it was still really tasty and I think it may become a new staple.
A bonus was that Thanh Thao carries all kinds of awesome, like Thai iced tea mix, which tastes just like what you get in the restaurant, and great veggies, frozen fish, and a hot deli of unpronounceable things that I can't wait to try out.