Dinner for a dollar?!?! I saw this on Food52 and my immediate thought was there is no way something that looks that good can only cost $1 per serving, but alas it is true and it is filling and delicious. Khao tom is a Thai staple and translated literally means “rice, boiled.” There are many variations of this signature dish and can be made vegetarian or vegan! This particular version came highly recommended from the archives of Food52!
2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
1/4 pound ground turkey or pork
1 tablespoon fish sauce (more to taste)
1 green onion, chopped for garish
1 handful cilantro, for garnish
1 pinch ground black pepper, to taste
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Lower to medium heat and cook the ground meat in the water for about 5 minutes, separating the meat into chunks. Drain the meat from the boiling water and wash the pot. Add the meat and rice to the pot. Add enough water to just cover the rice by an inch and heat to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer for another 10 minutes for rice to soften. While the rice and meat are cooking, add fish sauce to taste. Start with 1 tablespoon and add more for more flavor. Poach the eggs in the porridge for at least 2 minutes depending on how runny you like your eggs. Divide into bowls and top with pepper, cilantro and chopped green onion.