Trim fat from beef. Cut beef into 2-inch pieces. Combine salt and next 6 ingredients (salt through black pepper) in a small bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of spice mixture over beef, and toss to coat; reserve remaining spice mixture.
Preheat oven to 325°.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 5 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add onion, carrot, ginger, and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return beef to pan. Add remaining spice mixture, coconut milk, lemon grass, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours. Remove beef from pan using a slotted spoon; shred with 2 forks, set aside, and keep warm. Bring vegetable mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 10 minutes or until slightly thick. Discard bay leaves. Serve beef and vegetable mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Note: You can find light coconut milk in the Asian or mexican section of most supermarkets. If yours does not carry it, ask your grocer to order it for you. For more information on availability, check out the Web site www.atasteofthai.com.
If you like Thai food, you will think this recipe is insanely good. I made it on a random Monday night, and wow did it jump start our week. It is by far one of the best recipes I've made. I followed the recipe very closely, adding in a little more salt and other spices and I left the chuck roast in one piece and tore it apart at the end because I find the meat gets a lot more tough if you cut it into cubes. An amazing find.
My whole family loved this dish. I upped the spices just a bit (rounded the teaspoons) because we like spicy foods, and even added a bit of dried thai chili at the table. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. Wonderful flavors! Served over flat short egg noodles with steamed green beans. I will make this many times.
I make lots of new recipes from the internet and have had generally good success but this one is a real stinker. I should have known better when I saw so many strong flavors together, they end up competing with each other and tasting oddly spicy but blah. Made exactly as listed. Just need to add my two cents since all the great ratings convinced me to try it.
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