State Fare

Thai Spice, Houston and Austin.

To the casual observer, Texas and Thailand might not have much in common, but one thing they do share is hot weather. Maybe that’s why Thailand’s most popular cool salad is so appealing to Texans. A staple at Thai Spice (5117 Kelvin, Houston; 2501 W. Parmer Lane, Austin), it has what you need to withstand hundred-degree days. The rosy, rare tenderloin will keep your strength up; the salad fixings are a significant source of vitamins; and the refreshing dressing, based on Thailand’s salty, savory fish sauce, helps rebalance those electrolytes. Best of all, the only energy you’ll expend is in eating it; throwing it together is a breeze.

Try this recipe for Grilled Tenderloin Salad in Ginger Lime Dressing .

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