Here’s what I made instead, because it’s faster:
Rice Soup (this is sort of vaguely based on khao tom)
somewhat less than a pound of ground meat (turkey and pork work well, beef not so much)
6 cloves of garlic, minced
a 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
10 cups of chicken stock or water or some combination thereof
3T soy sauce
1 cup uncooked rice
chopped Thai chillies
(lots of other optional items if you are feeling decadent: fried garlic, poached fish, fresh spinach or other greens, bean sprouts, hard-boiled eggs, etc.)
Brown the ground meat, the garlic, and the ginger together. If the meat is very lean you may need some oil in your pan; if it is fatty you will not.
Add the stock or water and soy sauce; bring to a boil.
Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked.
Serve with the remaining ingredients available as toppings.
Just as comforting as the mushroom stew below, but a lot faster.