This week, for weekend herb blogging, I decided to post one of my favorite thai foods – larb. Larb is so simple and yet so incredibly flavorful. According to Wikipedia – larb is a type of Lao meat salad. It is made with chicken, beef, duck, turkey, pork or even fish. The minced meat can either be raw or cooked, flavored with fish sauce and lime, and mixed with cilli and mint.
I googled larb and found several recipes, here and here are just a couple. All of the recipes are pretty similar. The main difference is that some seem to call toasted rice and some don’t. I have never tried that, but I’m going to the next time I try it. My recipe is adapted from a cooking light recipe.
4 teaspoons grated lime rind
2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon finely chopped serrano chile
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I use peanut oil)
2 lbs ground turkey breast
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
1/2 to 1 head of cabbage, cored, quartered, and seperated into leaves
Remember to grate you lemon rind before squeezing out the fresh juice (it’s much easier that way). Combine the first 8 ingredients, and whisk until the sugar has disolved.
Heat oil in a large skillet (non-stick makes for easier clean up) over medium-high heat. Add turkey and shallots and saute until the turkey is cooked through. Break apart the turkey and crumble it as it cooks (a wooden spoon works great for this). Drizzle with the juice mixture, stirring to get all of the turkey coated. Sprinkle with the mint. Serve with the cabbage leaves and eat by scooping a little of the turkey into the leaf and rolling up and eating like a wrap.
If you have never made larb, you have to try this. It is hard to believe something so simple can be so good.
This weeks weekend herb blogging is being hosted by Susan at The Well Seasoned Cook, so be sure and stop by on Monday to see the recap. If you’d like to enter your blog entry the rules and information can be found at Kalyn’s Kitchen.