Larb moo, lovely minced meat salad

TV can be a source for inspiration, after watching a re-run of DDD, I had to make this dish.

Larb (ลาบ) is a mince meat salad, and regarded as the national dish of Laos, but this dish is also known as a Thai dish from the north-eastern region of Isan.

The minced pork is wonderfully seasoned with fish sauce, chili flakes, lime juice, toasted sticky rice for texture, and an assortment of fresh herbs to bring it all together.

I served the larb with lettuce leaves and a papaya slaw, for recipe go HERE

Larb 4 agj

1 dl chopped shallots

2  shredded garlic cloves

1 tablespoon of chili flakes

400 grams  minced pork

1 tablespoon of palm sugar

1 tablespoon of fish sauce

1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce, how much depends om the heat you want

1 – 2 limes

long leafed coriander or regular coriander

3 – 5 spring onions (green onions)

About 20 leaves or so of fresh mint

Iceberg lettuce or hearts of romaine leaves

First step is to make the toasted rice (khao kua ข้าวคั่ว).

khao kua 1 agj

Fry uncooked sticky rice in a dry frying pan on low to medium heat, Stir continuously, roast the rice until it turns from white to golden-yellow and fragrant, almost like popcorn . It takesabout 15 minutes or so.

Once the rice is finished roasting, and has cooled off a bit, put it into your stone mortar and pestle. Pound the rice until it turns into a coarse powder or use a blender or food processor. Put your toasted sticky rice powder in a bowl aside.

Larb (ลาบ)
Saute shallots, garlic in a pan with oil, when the onions are glossy, add the chili flakes and stir before you add the minced pork.
Larb5 agjFry the pork, breaking it into small minced pieces, until it’s cooked and add a large spoonful of crunchy sticky rice
Take the pork off the heat, and add palm sugar, fish sauce, Sriracha sauce and squeeze in the lime juice.
Give the pork and the seasoning a quick stir, pluck about 20 or so of mint leaves off the stem. Throw everything into the saucepan with the pork.
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Give the larb moo a good mix, making sure all the spices and dressing coats the pork.
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Taste test. See if it needs more fish sauce for saltness, lime juice, or chili flakes. Get it the way you want it.
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Serve this with a green papaya salad or the papayaish slaw I made.
Papaya salad 1 agj
Place a large spoonful of larb in a lettuce leaf, top with papaya salad fresh herbs and more crunchy rice.
2016-02-08 16.12.48 larb 7 agj

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