Omg this crispy rice salad is to die for!!!! Regarding the actual making of the recipe: the rice is the hardest part, just because it is time consuming (and deep frying rice in small batches is a bit tedious), but overall I would say it is pretty simple to follow. I would definitely use leftover rice next time. I did find it took my rice closer to 2 minutes per batch to get crispy (vs the 45-75 seconds called for). I also subbed Thai basil for the cilantro.
I LOVE this recipe. The flavors punch you in the face with umami, spice, tartness and nuttiness. On top of that the textures are absolutely mind-blowing - the crunchy/chewy contrast makes it super addicting. This is honestly a perfect dish. Someday I hope to try the one at Night Market since I know it would be even tastier than at home.