In recent weeks, when Le Thai owner Daniel Coughlin prepared his addictive pork jerky, the chef set aside the precious clippings and whipped up a special crispy pork fried rice. As you might expect, it sold out every time. Seeing the people’s need for a meatier fried rice, Coughlin answered with his current featured item: braised beef-short-rib fried rice. The dish arrives in a steaming pile, every forkful a collusion of fried rice (appropriately gleaming from its oil bath), slow-cooked shredded beef, egg and onion ($11). Order it at a two, and pair with a sweet-ish beer, such as Okigen Kawaba (Snow Weizen), to cool it down. Chef’s Thai beef and meatball noodle soup was just named one of the 20 best new Asian dishes in America by Details magazine, so expect many more fun specials as Coughlin gets a boost from the spotlight. 523 Fremont St, 778-0888, LeThaiVegas.com.