In a post from a couple of days ago, I mentioned that I’ll be making this dish. And I did.
Yum Khai Dow is the Thai name for this Thai dish. I have this dish at least once a week in Thailand.
Here’s a little Burmese lesson before we begin.
Kyet Oo = Eggs Kyaw = Fried Athote = Salad
Today, I used 4 eggs. A few stems of Chinese celery. Half of a medium onion. A few cloves of garlic. Several cherry tomatoes. 3 key limes or 1 large lime. Fish sauce. A dash of sugar. Some water as needed. You can vary this anyway you wish. That’s the fun part about cooking with my recipes.
First fry the eggs. You’ll want the sides of the eggs to be crunchy/crispy a bit which means be liberal with the oil. I used vegetable oil. Start with one and half tablespoon. The oil from the fried egg will help coat and flavor the salad as well. You may need to add more after frying each egg to make sure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Be sure to fry the eggs so that the yolk is cooked as well. Otherwise, the runny yolk will leak out into the salad. If you like that it’s fine. I don’t, so I usually make sure the yolk is cooked well.
While frying eggs, slice the onions, celery, garlic and tomatoes into thin slices. Now put them aside.
In a small bowl, squeeze limes, add some splashes of fish sauce, a dash of sugar and some water. Mix it up together and let it sit. Taste it to make sure it’s not too salty. My preference is less salty and more sour. Make it the way you like it. However, this dish is typically made with ample lime juice.
Slice the fried eggs into bite sizes (hopefully they’ve been cooling while you were making the sauce/dressing).
In a large bowl, combine the fried eggs, onions, celery, tomatoes and the dressing. Mix lightly without crushing the eggs. You’ll likely need to add more lime. As I mentioned before, this dish tastes best when made with ample limes. Don’t forget the fresh chili peppers or crushed peppers. Your choice.
Mmm, just look at it. Looking mouth-watering good eh?
Well have fun making this dish. I’m going to have another bite of it after looking at this picture.
Come back and tell me what you think! Enjoy!