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Let's wing it

Before I say anything else, I want to thank you for your kindness about my aunt.  I was very nervous when I put up that post, but I felt much better for having written it, and I hoped that meant something.  Thank you for reading, and for saying what you did, and mostly, for understanding.

There is no smooth transition to be made from talking about death to discussing Thai food.  Let’s wing it.

I don’t know why that fried egg looks like it has no yolk. It definitely had one, because before I took this picture, I punctured it with that spoon. I think this is my punishment for not taking a proper photograph: my iPhone ate the yolk. Anyway, please imagine that it’s there. And while you’re at it, imagine that I’m totally, totally, 100% prepared to have a baby. Go on.

I found out a few weeks ago that I’m anemic, which at least partly explained why I had nearly dozed off at a stoplight a couple of times and once cried when I couldn’t get a kitchen drawer to open.  My doctor prescribed iron supplements and plenty of beef.  The good, grass-fed kind, he said. Its a very nice thing to be ordered by one’s physician to eat more meat, and I was excited about it - except that, because I was busy dozing off at stoplights, I couldn’t think of what to eat.  A person can only go so far with hamburgers and steak.  That was when I called up Matthew, and he told me to make a Thai dish: stir-fried ground beef with chiles and basil, served on a bed of rice, with a fried egg.

I’ve made it four times since, and one of those times was in Oklahoma, for my mother and cousins, so they can vouch for it.  In fact, maybe this will tell you something.  It
’s thunderstorm season in Oklahoma, an annual event that I spent my entire childhood dreading, and a giant hailstorm hit that night, as we were finishing our meal.  The windows along the back of the house began to shatter, and as we ran to the closets for cover, you could hear the wind screaming through the rooms. But the Thai beef was tasty enough that, after we had come out of hiding, my cousin Jason hovered over the wok, tempted to dip in for seconds, even though the leftovers shimmered with tiny shards of glass.  It’s a very good recipe.

The original version of it comes from David Thompson
’s excellent book Thai Street Food, and as Thai street foods go, he says, it’s fairly new - maybe only fifty years old.  He recommends using as many chiles as you can handle, because the dish is meant to be spicy. As he explains, the "supple richness" of the fried egg is meant to offset the heat.  What I like about it, other than the fact that it’s fragrant and bright and hot, is that it’s nearly instant.  You can make it in less than ten minutes, with ingredients that you might well have lying around.  The original recipe calls for holy basil, but I used regular basil.  I used beef, but Matthew likes pork.  And if you can’t find Thai chiles, you could easily substitute serranos.  The important part is hard to mess up, and that’s chewy, saucy union of rice, egg yolk, and beef.

Stir-fried Minced Beef with Chiles and Basil
Adapted from Matthew-Amster Burton and Thai Street Food, by David Thompson

In Thailand, the eggs would be fried in the wok, either before or after cooking the rest of the dish. But Matthew claims that he always breaks the yolk when he does it that way, and he’s ten times better at stir-frying than I am, so I cook the eggs separately, in a skillet.

As for the chiles, the number that you use is up to you. I used five chiles the first time I made this, and it was pleasantly fiery. The second time I made it, I was eating solo and decided to go a little milder, so I used only three chiles. (You can always remove some of the seeds, too.)  Oh, and if you have an exhaust fan over your stove, turn it on. I always forget until the chiles hit the hot wok and I have a coughing fit.

Also note: this dish comes together very, very quickly, so be sure that you’ve measured out and prepped your ingredients and have them close at hand.

3 to 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
4 to 10 Thai (also called bird’s eye) chiles, sliced
A pinch of salt
2 Tbsp. peanut oil, divided
6 oz. (170 grams) ground beef
1 Tbsp. fish sauce, or more to taste
A pinch of sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) chicken stock or water
2 large handfuls of basil leaves
Hot cooked jasmine rice
2 large eggs
2 lime wedges

Stir together the garlic, chiles, and salt. Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, and add the garlic, chiles, and salt. Stir-fry for a few seconds until fragrant, then add the beef. Continue to cook, stirring, until the beef is cooked through and just starting to brown. Add 1 tablespoon fish sauce and the sugar. Add the basil and stock or water, and stir just until the basil is wilted. Remove from the heat. 

Meanwhile, warm the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a separate skillet, and fry the eggs. The proper fried egg for this dish, Matthew says, has a runny yolk but a browned and crispy underside.

Scoop the rice into bowls, and then divide the beef and its juices over the top. Crown with the fried eggs. Serve immediately, with a good squeeze of lime.

Yield: 2 servings


Anonymous Laurel said...

Thank you! I am pregnant and anemic too (3 weeks to go), and can't wait to try this. I love anything with a fried egg, so I can't imagine this is not delicious. Can't wait to try it.

3:50 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Jimmy said...

that looks so amazing - I will be making this soon. my wife has thyroid issues when pregnant, too, and it is amazing how much better she feels when she is on meds to regulate it; she actually is only able to gain weight when pregnant when her thyroid is regulated.

4:02 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Heather @ chiknpastry said...

i'm a huge fan of thai beef dishes. or really, most thai dishes! it's nice when you get told to eat more meat, eh? Most days, folks are telling you to cut back on it!

4:06 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Joanna said...

Awesome, love a good Thai salad. Hope you and the family (and bubs!) are holding up well...

4:10 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger mamster said...

Yay! That's all I got, just yay.

4:22 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Emily said...

I was anemic a few times in college. It's hard to describe how it feels, but you just feel oh so tired and weak. Keep up the meat intake, but don't forget to eat plenty of vegetables too. Let's just say that those iron pills can negatively mess up your digestion. Hope you feel better soon!

4:38 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone is 100% prepared for a baby... and that's the beauty of it all. Are we 100% prepared when we fall really truly in love, or other spirit-soaring, life-giving, soul deepening experiences? It is not so much preparing but embracing the love and changes coming our way. It is the baby who bring the gift to us.

4:41 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Redd H from Salted Spoon said...

This looks so comforting!

I have the most concerning mental picture of windows exploding while your family is sitting at a table eating delicious food.

I'll definitely be making this next week when I need a few delicious hearty meals to pull me through a ton of work!

4:42 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Roberta said...

Your Thai recipe looks very good. I once had a doctor that recommended that I eat more ice cream, god love him.

4:53 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I don't know why I tend to find Thai food so intimidating, but I do. This recipe sounds like it's right up my spicy alley. ;) Can't wait to try it.

As for the anemia, the beef is a good source, but (randomly enough) clams have a pretty respectable amount as well. As does blackstrap molasses. A tbsp has as much as 3 ounces of beef. Not that I'm advocating for molasses by the spoonful, but warm molasses cookies should count for something!

5:35 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Molly,

You keep hanging in there. Shards of glass and all.

the internet

5:49 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Emily said...

Yum! I'm having anemia, as well (I did with the first pregnancy, too) and I find that ground beef is very adaptable. We're just adding it to marinara tonight and spooning it over some kind of short pasta and then adding chunks of fresh mozarella and parmesan. That's the plan anyway. You could also do meatballs, if you're the sort of person who enjoys those. I like that your Dr said "grass fed" - I feel like we're learning more and more how much healthier the meat is when the animal is allowed to live as nature intended it.

And don't worry about being ready or not ready. You're never really ready and then you're there and everything is fine. And remember that you're not alone - not only do you have an amazing husband and family and friends, there's a whole internet full of us weirdo strangers who have been down a path similar to yours and are happy to hand out loads of unsolicited advice and commiseration.

6:07 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Valerie Strunk said...

Wow. Tis looks yummy, and I can totally sort of see an egg yolk in that picture. Just to make you feel better.

6:23 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Suzy Popchicks said...

That looks amazing. I ate an unholy number of cheeseburgers when I was pregnant. I managed 5 days between burgers and then the craving started to rule my life.

Don't worry about being ready for baby, she'll love you no matter what. Babies don't care if they have fancy rooms or gadgets and gizmos. Do not go into any type of big box baby store without a newish mom!

6:26 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Kathryne said...

Beef doesn't sound like the worst prescription. :) The hail storm hit my parents' house in Edmond and did a number on my brother's car, but it sounds like it hit your house the hardest. Broken windows! Scary.

7:03 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

Indeed, it isn't very often you get the green light for meat. This looks like the perfect nourishing recipe, just what the doctor ordered. I know dark leafy greens are also packed with nutrients that will aid the cause. I imagine you are more ready than you give yourself credit for.

7:10 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger dervla Kelly said...

this sounds so yummy! Unfortunately I'm off eggs as my little one can't tolerate them while I'm nursing. But I'll pin this one for later. Hope you're feeling better after all the red meat! Amazing how much we need that.

7:10 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger janna said...

Yum! I must try this! I love the story about the leftovers tempting your cousin after the storm -- not only because it shows how delicious this must be, but also because it means your family was together, which, for me at least, has always made mourning a little less sad. Hope you're all doing well....

9:43 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Emma Gardner said...

I love the paragraph about the hailstorm - it must be pretty amazing! I had to read it out to my mum, who is cleaning up after a dinner party in the kitchen. She laughed - I'll have to make it for her.

10:17 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Kate said...

If you ever get the chance to use Thai basil you should definitely try it - the flavour is quite different, sort of sweeter and aromatic.

10:24 PM, June 18, 2012  
Anonymous Christina said...

Yum! Are American pregnant women given the OK to eat runny eggs? Lucky!! I was told by my (UK) doctor to "rubberize" all eggs. Needless to day, it really takes the fun out of eating them :-( How I wish for toast with soft goats cheese (also banned) and a runny egg!

11:27 PM, June 18, 2012  
Blogger Sophie - The Joy of Farming said...

I raise beef cows (the good, grass-fed kind) and laying hens (also the good kind, out on pasture where they should be) so I will definitely be trying this recipe and then recommending it to every person who even looks at my table at the farmers' markets. Think I can add some ground pork to the mix? Yup - we raise that, too.

Two kids into my own adventure with parenting and still totally unprepared, but that is sort of the best part of all. Get ready to be amazed, for starters.

3:56 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Amanda at the red table said...

Yes! Another way to use up ground beef that's not burgers or tacos. Thank you :)

5:52 AM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Katy said...

Our neighborhood Thai restaurant serves this dish under the name "Midnight in Thailand." It's my boyfriend's favorite. Anything is better with a fried egg on top.

6:15 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger tori said...

Gosh I love that book. Was gutted to leave it behind in Sydney, in the caring hands of friends. Can't wait to one day get back to it. Nb, for other good Asian beef dishes, maybe bulgogi? Just as quick, a little sweeter, but also delicious with a fried egg over the top.

6:40 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Aunt Laura said...

I also love that your doctor specified "grass-fed". And my husband and I are loving eating the Nina Planck way. Thank you for that introduction!!

6:55 AM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recipe looks wonderful! With regard to Oklahoma thunderstorms, we live in Tulsa and our four kids LOVE the storms (we haven't had the recent hail issues that OKC has had)--when living away that is one thing they always miss--big, dramatic, wind and rain lashing storms (but, I'm with you--and, I'm glad we have a basement!)

7:46 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Gaelen said...

Hang in there with the anemia, and yes no one feels prepared to have a baby. I remember feeling like they ought to have given me a written test at the hospital so i could prove to them that I was 100% unready to take that perfect being home with me. But it all works out just fine.

I found eating lots of kale and spinach as well as meat will help with anemia, and adding those veggies will help keep things moving along, which gets to be a bit of a problem for some women near the end of the pregnancy.

I adore this blog and am grateful you keep us close to you.

8:24 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Molly, I love your sense of humor. haha-punishment for not taking a proper photo! Of all the food blogs that are out there, I keep coming back to you because you're real. I can relate to you on so many levels and always look forward to new posts. Glad you found out why you're so tired. Wishing you a happy and healthy next few months.

9:24 AM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Ilke said...

That is one good physician! Hope you recover from anemia and everything goes back to normal soon. I am sure you are ready to have your baby!
Until then, keep eating this delicious food. It is prescription, you kinda have to! :)

9:44 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Nancy said...

Yummy! I will definitely have to try it. When I was pregnant with my first one I had the same issue and came across a recipe for tuscan beef with cannellini beans - lots of protein, super yummy and a one pan wonder. Here is the recipe if you want to check it out. http://barefootnkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/03/tuscan-beef-with-spinach.html

9:53 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger chaunceypants said...

Yum! I'm pregnant and anemic too. I'm due mid-August. Unfortunately the two kids I already have would not be cool with the spice-factor... something you will probably have to start dealing with when preparing your family meals. Adding Sriracha at the end will have to do for now.

10:12 AM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger WaismanPET said...

Sounds yummy! I'm one that can be a bit intimidated by spice though - do you think 2 peppers would still be good enough? Or would jalapenos work instead of serranos?

10:42 AM, June 19, 2012  
OpenID curlygirlpress said...

I have 5 weeks to go and I'm not anemic, but I definitely find myself craving red meat more than I ever have before. This recipe looks great! Blessings and continued health and happiness to you with the pregnancy...and if you figure out how to be "ready" for a first baby, let me know in the next 5 weeks, okay? or maybe in 3 weeks, I have a feeling I'll be early. = )

11:17 AM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks so tasty! Thank you for a new dinner idea.

Another idea way to help with anemia is to eat liver / pate. Sea Breeze Farm always has tasty pate, and wonderful raw milk! (I drank a lot of this while pregnant) After reading Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon I am convinced! :)

11:20 AM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mollie

I doubt that you have time to read and respond to questions raised in your Comments section, so maybe another reader can help. I have a deep and instinctual loathing of fish sauce. Unfortunately many, many tempting recipes call for this ingredient. Is there anything at all that can be substituted for this ingredient?

Just to make things more difficult, I also loathe oyster sauce, and am allergic to shrimp and lobster. Worceshter (I also can't spell) sauce is fine, however.

I sure hope someone knowledgeable can help me.

Many thanks, Susan

12:53 PM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Becca said...

It doesn't just have to be beef, pretty much any meat product will be a good source of iron (especially organ meats). A few of my favorite beef recipes include pot roast, beef stew, shepherd's pie, beef stroganoff, and a Greek-style eggplant, lamb (I sub ground beef), and rice casserole recipe I found online. For more ideas, you could first think of dishes in terms of your favorite ethnic foods, then think of some that include beef (or other meats). For example, Greek: moussaka, pastitsio, dolmades, souvlaki. I'm sure you'll come up with some wonderful meals!

1:26 PM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Hi, all. Thanks so much for the great beef (and other iron-rich food) suggestions. Very much appreciated!

A Plum By Any Other Name, thanks for the molasses reminder! One of our favorite farmers at the local market suggested it to me, too. I think there's a batch of cookies in my near future.

Christina, re: eggs, it really varies from doctor to doctor. Mine is most concerned about high-mercury fish and undercooked meat, and the hospital where he works also offers a list of additional foods to avoid due to the risk of listeriosis. But he doesn't seem terribly concerned about runny eggs, and so far, I've eaten a lot of them, mostly from a farm that I trust. It's a level of risk that I feel comfortable with, and I hope I never have to change my mind...!

WaismanPET, feel free to adjust the spice level as needed. Absolutely.

Susan, that's a tough question. Unfortunately, I don't know much about substituting fish sauce in recipes. Maybe another reader here will have some ideas for you? I hope so.

6:49 PM, June 19, 2012  
Blogger Nancy said...

Susan; replace 1 tbsp fish sauce with 1 tbsp soy sauce with 1/2 tsp powdered seaweed for a little briny sea taste

7:40 PM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Shut Up & Cook said...

So lovely to hear you speak at BlogHer! Furthermore, this dish looks delicious. I am always trying to find things to fill my husband up, and this just might do the trick.

9:07 PM, June 19, 2012  
Anonymous Amrita said...

And what's stopping from making Julia Child's boeuf bourguignon?

This one reminds me of bibimbap...and I can just imagine a bowl of sticky rice topped with beef and cucumber and lettuce and sauteed aubergines and Gojujang! Sans raw egg yolk, of course.

12:22 AM, June 20, 2012  
Blogger Sarah said...

ooh this sounds delicious and I have almost all of the ingredients at home. Can't wait to try it!

10:10 AM, June 20, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of our favorite recipes! It's also great with a little oyster sauce and served with slices of English cucumber - helps you cool off between spicy mouthfuls!

10:28 AM, June 20, 2012  
Anonymous Dana said...

Susan: I use Bragg's liquid aminos as a substitute for fish/oyster sauce.

I am making this for dinner tonight!

11:10 AM, June 20, 2012  
Blogger Samie said...

mmm, this looks delicious! I'm anemic too, and have been told throughout my life that I need to "eat more steak" by my doctor. Sounds like a delicious way to do so!

One of my favourite ways to eat beef is in pho -- vietnamese beef noodle soup! you should give it a go if you're looking for a nice way to incorporate more beef into your diet. some cilantro, mint and basil leaves and it's a perfect lunch or light supper.

3:21 PM, June 20, 2012  
Blogger frances said...

this looks tasty & fast! I'm a student midwife & it looks like a great meal to whip up for those of us who run around catching the babies too. i hope your iron & energy levels take a turn for the better soon. it's not easy making a brand new human being, especially when pregnancy coincides with so many other all-consuming life events, as it seems to do. thinking of you & your little one.

5:10 PM, June 20, 2012  
Blogger Flik said...

YUM! And so fast and easy! I just made this for dinner tonight (also pregnant, also tired and weepy) and it is fantastic! I managed to forget to pick up peppers, so used chili paste instead, just a teaspoon and it seems to have worked great.

6:03 PM, June 20, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eating more beef sounds like a more pleasant prescription than the iron pills I'm on for this pregnancy. But for some reason I haven't been, I seem to be obsessed with pork in recent months - my husband often travels past an excellent pork farm for work and so we're definitely eating for.
As for unusually delightful prescriptions from your doctor, my last one told me to eat more cake after I was losing too much weight while breastfeeding. More cake? Yes ma'am! My mother-in-law had the same advice from her doctor 30 years ago. I think I may have to breastfeed this baby for a really long time in order to justify an unusually high level of cake consumption :)

7:18 PM, June 20, 2012  
Blogger Elspeth said...

I had a hemoglobin of 6 as a kid. It's a terrible feeling. So nice that you have a doctor who prescribes good, traditional food instead of pills, or at least alongside them. When I was anemic my dr told us to cook in a cast iron skillet (believe it or not, you get some iron that way) and to serve heme iron (the kind you get from meat) with non heme iron (the kind you get from plants) together for maximum absorption. Also, vitamin C helps.

And as you're already reading Nina Planck, I'm guessing you've seen the part about anemia perhaps serving a purpose in pregnancy, but if you haven't page through the index and see if you can find it. It's very interesting!

All the best,

8:04 AM, June 21, 2012  
OpenID jillianheartsfood said...

oh my...this sounds delicious!! def going to have to make it this weekend

9:59 AM, June 21, 2012  
Anonymous Lucy Hill said...

This is really so seriously mouth watery. LOve it. Thanks for sharing your idea and recipe. :)

8:54 PM, June 21, 2012  
Blogger Lisa said...

That dish looks good even with the invisible yolk, but the dish was probably 10x better because the yolk drizzled onto the bed of rice! (right?) I recently found Spilled Milk and over the past 2 weeks I have caught up to the latest one--such a good show you and Matthew have going! When I'm out in public I laugh to myself and it's embarrassing but worth it. Wishing your pregnancy the best!

9:36 PM, June 21, 2012  
Blogger Patty said...

Hi, congrats, it'll be fine! I'm a little jealous as my babies are in their 20s! One of my favorite quick and easy things to do with ground beef is what we called goulash growing up: saute peppers and onions (and maybe mushrooms), add ground beef and break it up, add canned tomatoes or sauce and throw in some macaroni or penne. Basil, oregano... Yum! One pot...

4:33 AM, June 22, 2012  
Blogger rae said...

Life comes in many stages
Death the ending
Yet a beginning
If you believe

You announced a birth
A ring saved someone else
Again the circle
Indicating saving

Steps long awaited for
Hopes finally realized
But all along
Has a whisper
In your ear

7:47 AM, June 22, 2012  
Anonymous Lys said...

This is a little off topic, but have you ever tried lemon basil? I don't know if it's related to holy basil, but I saw it at the farmers market the other day and was tempted to buy it. Just wondering about the flavors of that plant and if the lemon was quite strong.

12:38 PM, June 23, 2012  
Blogger Unknown said...

If you have to use an iron supplement Flordix iron supplement is a great choice. I took it for anemia a few years back. It is a liquid, easy to put in any food. It is much easier on your digestive system than the pill form. You can buy it at PCC here in Seattle. Best of luck!

12:00 PM, June 24, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I needed some comfort food today while Tropical Storm Debby whirled around my state kicking up heavy rain and wind. This was the perfect dish. I used a jalepeno pepper instead of the Thai chilies, and it was still delish.

5:15 PM, June 24, 2012  
Anonymous Megan said...

"Our fear of death is like our fear that summer
will be short. But when we have had our swing of
pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat,
we say we have had our day."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, Volume 8

Just wanted to share.
Dinner looks good...

8:25 PM, June 24, 2012  
Blogger Amanda said...

The Thai beef looks fantastic! I can't wait to try it!

One important thing about when the baby comes: those first few weeks when the baby is tiny and completely dependent upon you pass extremely quickly. Be sure you enjoy those fleeting moments!

7:31 AM, June 25, 2012  
Blogger laura said...

I just made this tonight and had to confirm how yummy it is! I made a side of steamed spinach, but ended up just mixing it in and next time will just toss it in with the rest. It tasted great and provided a veggie, but would also boost the iron if that's what you're looking for. Thanks for the great recipe, this one is definitely a keeper and so quick and easy, too!

6:56 PM, June 25, 2012  
Anonymous Stella said...

I saw this today, went to the supermarket on the way home from work to get all the ingredients and just finished devouring it. It was delicious! I made it with tofu that I minced because I'm a vegetarian, and it was so good! Perfect amount of heat and I loved the lime! Definitely going to make it next time I'm cooking with friends!

7:38 PM, June 25, 2012  
Blogger Jen Doesn't Do DIshes said...

Just made this and added chopped chard (there was A LOT in my CSA box this week that needed to be used) and it was excellent! I can see this becoming a regular dish in my home!

7:11 PM, June 27, 2012  
Anonymous Jess said...

Mmmm, I too love this recipe - I've made it from his cookbook, but I eat something similar near weekly here in Bangkok! Thank you for the beautiful post about your aunt - you put to words what I think so many of us feel when dealing with a loss like this one. You will have lots of great stories about your aunt to share with the soon-to-arrive Orangette kiddo!

11:41 PM, June 27, 2012  
Anonymous Barbara said...

Many years ago (my baby will be 25 Sunday!) I was anemic during my pregnancies. I grew to LOVE beets! Even the canned kind or the ones on salad bars. Now - I love fresh beets roasted with a little olive oil - even though it's been years since I had low iron. So - if you need a break from beef you can try beets and dark leafies. On another note - I was reading the July issues of Food and Wine and they have piece on pizza and a list of the 10 best/most creative/most wonderful establishments across the nation where one can get gourmet pizza and guess what - I saw Delancey in Seattle listed. I promise - if I ever get to the northwest I am eating at Delancey! I'm sure you've seen the article but if not - go look! Yours was the only restaurant I recognized and was thrilled!!!

9:33 AM, June 28, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you need a little extra to bump up your iron (I, too, am anemic but much, much older and beyond baby-days), try Pur-Absorb water. My doctor is amazed at how fast my iron levels have recovered. I can't take the pills, they really upset me, but the Pur-Absorb has no side effects.

12:26 PM, June 28, 2012  
Anonymous Wild_Bill said...

Although I have never been anemic and don't each much beef this recipe looks great! I think I'll try with my preferred red meat-venison-and see how it comes out. Thank you!

3:17 PM, June 28, 2012  
Anonymous Anna said...

I'm not anemic and not pregnant, I hope that still qualifies me to comment. When I first saw this dish being wipped up in seconds in an innocent looking street stall in bangkok, I knew I was on to something,or better said: they were on to something I just had the wit to catch on:-). I love that they use holy basil, cause while I don't actually know the difference I believe all basil holy and worthy of worship. 2 months in thailand and this dish was the only thing I learned how to say: Pad-Ka-Pao!

8:06 PM, June 28, 2012  
Blogger Kate said...

This looks delicious! I've suffered pregnancy and postpartum anemia too, and all I can say is keep taking the iron until well after the bub arrives. Anemia plus months of sleep deprivation is a recipe for the funny farm.

4:51 AM, June 29, 2012  
Blogger Pondside said...

This sounds delicious, and I'm in the mood for trying new and spicy dishes, having just cooked Spicy Pork and Green Beans earlier this week.
June in Oklahoma seems so very long ago for me - and it was 1981, after all. I remember the hail and the storms and holding tight to my new born and wishing to be home in Canada again.

7:37 AM, June 29, 2012  
Anonymous Anjali said...

Yum! This is one of my favorite Thai dishes -- I like it with chicken or pork. In Thailand, the egg is usually deep-fried, so there is more like a little pool of oil at the bottom of the wok that the egg floats in. Then it doesn't stick and gets beautifully lacy edges that taste so good mixed with the yolk-y meat and rice. It's worth a try!

8:33 AM, June 29, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bizarre! I have Thai Street Food and during my pregnancy last year, this was my most craved dish - I think it had something to do with the combination of fried egg, Thai basil and salty, salty garlic chilli sauce on the side. Yum!

Nina x

5:37 AM, June 30, 2012  
Blogger Chistr said...

If i remember right, one thing you should try is to remember to eat with meat/liver something high on vitamin C, it helps to get all iron on use. and maybe this simple sauce is option ofr you, some ground beef or liver, fry it with desired amount onion and garlic, andd flour, fry until brown, add water/broth until your liking, spice it with ground allspice and salt (maybe tomatopaste), simmer 15-30 min. Then eat with you choice, potatoes boiled/mashed or pasta, with crushed cranberries/lingonberries. I know its not very strong on spice but its easy to do and tasty, something from Finland if you havent tried anything yet from there :)

9:12 AM, July 03, 2012  
Blogger Margo said...

I kind of liked being anemic when I was pregnant because I had to eat so much greens and beef. I like the looks of this recipe - I'm going to make it.

Here's a similar one (rice, beef, onions, carrots - garnished with peanuts, lime and cilantro) I've been making a lot - not so instant, as you have to cook the rice, but it's so luscious because it's cooked in coconut milk.


6:13 AM, July 04, 2012  
Blogger HRH Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe- will definitely be on the menu this week. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved steak unceasingly. And I ate it unceasingly. And all was well... but I sure do wish I had known about this little gem.

6:55 AM, July 04, 2012  
Blogger MyFudo™ said...

I am ready for this dish...Anything with fried egg on is definitely breakfast material for me. Yummy!

7:29 AM, July 04, 2012  
Blogger KraftyKid said...

My comment is a little late, but I thought it worth mentioning in case you didn't know.

You need to avoid tannin when eating the beef because it stops the absorption of the iron. So don't have tea at the time you are eating your beef dish or taking your iron tablets.

Someone else mentioned the vitamin c helping with absorption of the iron, so you could always try a Thai beef salad and throw in some oranges and extra lime juice!

Good luck with the pregnancy, and I enjoy reading the blog!


3:55 PM, July 04, 2012  
Blogger doulamama said...

As a mama of three and a birth doula, you could say I have a few tasty, iron rich recommendations for you.
Anything the rich purple red colour of blood..cherries & beets. Juicing beets, with the greens too! Black beans and eggs, together are a great source of iron. Do not forget to add vitamin C rich foods for the best absorption and avoid dairy/calcium rich foods with your iron rich ones, they block absorption. Lotsa water and fiber with the supplements or you will have another problem on your hands! All the best!!

5:22 PM, July 06, 2012  
Blogger LoLy said...

I am new around your blog :) and I love it..
I am your new happy follower :D


12:20 PM, July 08, 2012  
Blogger Annie said...

I am also anemic and I realized the best way to load up on red meat was jerky! Lucky for me, my farmer's market in Chicago has award-winning elk jerky that has more iron than almost any other meat (even bison). With that on hand, you can have a quick snack that doesn't fill you up, but gets the vitamins you need. My mom also makes jerky in her dehydrator and that is the best thing, but a little bit of a hassle. Good luck!

9:25 AM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous savorysaltysweet said...

Put a runny egg on pretty much anything and I'll eat it. And if it's Thai food? I'll eat it EVEN FASTER.

10:20 PM, July 11, 2012  
Anonymous Shimei said...

Thanks for the great recipe! As a Singaporean who recently moved to London, I've been homesick for rice-based dishes and this really hits the spot. I've made this twice and the first time, I happily scarfed down the entire two-person portion myself. It was too good to share!

5:36 AM, July 12, 2012  
Anonymous Lorelei said...

Goodness, this looks incredible. I think that I will have to put this in my recipes to try box.

10:08 AM, July 13, 2012  
Blogger vikki said...

molly, what do you think about making this recipe with jalapeños? i have a zillion of them right now and i really want to try this dish, but not sure how they'd translate. thoughts?

10:22 AM, July 19, 2012  
Blogger Molly said...

Vikki, I think jalapenos would be fine! You'll want to use fewer, since they're so much larger than a Thai chile, but it should be no problem.

11:56 AM, July 19, 2012  
Anonymous Rose T | Cake Recipes from Scratch said...

I'm a bit of a secret fan of a good Thai food. And this recipe looks amazing.

4:49 AM, July 27, 2012  
Anonymous Karen from Chookooloonks said...

Just made it, and it's lovely. Thanks so much for posting this!


5:32 PM, August 01, 2012  
Blogger vikki said...

i made it last night with the jalapeños and it was fantastic! i used a pound of ground beef, generously doubled everything else, and chopped about 6 jalapeños into the mix, then served it over coconut rice. outstanding! my first-ever fried egg, and now i'm totally hooked.

11:19 AM, August 14, 2012  
Anonymous YoshiBlue said...

This seems like a nice hearty breakfast to really get you going. Thanks for the ideas.

1:51 PM, August 22, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made this three or four times now. Fantastic dish! Thanks so much for sharing. And congratulations on that peanut of yours!

5:08 PM, October 16, 2012  
Anonymous Helen said...

Just made this last night and it was incredible! And so nice and easy and adaptable. I added bell peppers to it for color and vegginess.

3:27 PM, February 09, 2015  
Anonymous Ally said...

This is so wonderful. It's officially on our weekly rotation. I make it a little more rich by subbing the broth for coconut milk. Recently threw in green beans from previous night's dinner and it was an excellent addition. We always use a ton of lime juice, usually one lime per person, and loads of basil. Thank you so much for sharing!

12:54 PM, June 30, 2015  

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