On Sundays, as a kid, our family would take the hour long drive to a city called Fresno, somewhere near the center of California. This was "family day" and was spent shopping, eating out, going to the movies, etc. The little mountain town we lived in didn't have much to offer, in those days.
One of my favorite places to go was "The Thai House", a restaurant that opened in the early 80's. It is, apparently, still there, too
! It is the singular restaurant that has defined "Thai Food" for me. Everything bit of Thai food I've had, since childhood, has been compared to the amazing cuisine served at The Thai House, in the mid-80's.
One of my ABSOLUTE favorites was their BBQ Beef. It was little more than a well marinated piece of beef, which was then grilled (hard and scorched)
, but maintaining its juicy innards (juicy innards? YUM! ... sometimes I question my choice of words)
I've taken what I remember of that flavor profile and somewhat simplified it, turning it into the inspiration for a spellbinding warm salad! Don't fear the fish sauce. It's delicious! This is a super simple, partially cooked/partially raw and deeply flavored dish. Give it a shot!