Phil Dunphy gets some mighty funny lines on Modern Family. One of my favourites is this one about life, lemons and lemonade. However, after another eleven hour day that has cut short my evening cooking time, I’ve decided a better use for lemons when life throws them at you, put them in your Nam Tok.
I recently tried larb at our favourite local Target Thai. I wasn’t as enamoured with it as the one I had at Wang Thong Thai Fusion, which had a salubrious sauciness that was far more to my liking than the still good but dry in comparison Target Thai version. The Nam Tok I had at Target tonight was a totally different story. Some might sniff and say limes are the better choice, but this combination of beef, cabbage, carrot and shallot with a hot and sour sauce absolutely embodies my idea of taking a day that’s turning into a lemon and transmuting that citrus into an exercise in joyful deliciousness. A generous garnishing of coriander, instead of an emphasis on mint, was a nice twist for me too.
Even better is the always generous helping that Target Thai provides, which means leftovers will provide some momentum going into work tomorrow, which threatens to be a repeat performance of today. Now what I need to do is start making this for myself. Even if I do, I think I’ll still be keen to come back for more of this, especially at $10.
(Mrs P and I have only one more day at work this week. We’ve got some nice plans for Friday and Saturday, which will hopefully lift this week’s blog material out of the doldrums, complete with a dinner at the place where I proposed to her. Stay tuned).