The term “corn” stems from Old English and is used to describe any small, hard granules or kernels. In the case of "corned beef," the word refers to the coarse granular salts that were used to cure the beef.
You know that feeling you get when the many places you've been & the many tastes & smells you've experienced suddenly collide at once? Mussaman Corned Beef is fusion deja vu, a blend of Southern Thai & traditional Irish American all in one.
You should make your own corned beef because it's A) AMAZING, B) stupid easy, C) three ingredients if you count pickling spice as one ingredient (and I do because lazy), D) so easy you could prep it drunk on Guinness or Sunday brunch mimosas.
Over the years I’ve tried several corning formulas, from Julia Child's corned pork, to old-time pioneer type corns, to most recently Michael Ruhlman’s excellent corned beef recipe. All were darn good. Here's my adaptation with a little extra spice.