Larb

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This simple fresh summer dish is a specialty from Laos. Larb is an exotic sour-salty salad with cooked ground meat and fresh herbs. It's originally very hot and served with unseasoned vegetables to balance the intense flavor. Our seasoning provides the basic with a mild hotness. Add as many fresh chilies as you can take.

Variations
▪ Substitute beef with any other ground meat, or vegetables (recipe below).
▪ Substitute 2 green onions with 1/2 red onion.
▪ If not using fish sauce, add 1-3 tbsp anchovy paste.
▪ Add chopped cilantro or Thai basil.

Larb Culinary Spice Kit Ingredients:
Lemongrass, amchoor, garlic, lemon peel, chili, coriander, ginger, star anise, cilantro, onion, basil, cumin, white peppercorn, cinnamon, lemon oil

 

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Larb
Cuisine Laotian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lettuce
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped
You might have
  • 2 cup rice recommended: jasmine
  • 2-3 limes or lemons for juice
  • soy sauce or fish sauce
Optional
  • fresh red chilies
  • tomato/es sliced
  • cashew or peanuts
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Lemongrass, amchoor, garlic, lemon peel, chili, coriander, ginger, star anise, cilantro, onion, basil, cumin, white peppercorn, cinnamon, lemon oil
Cuisine Laotian
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 green onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lettuce
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves chopped
You might have
  • 2 cup rice recommended: jasmine
  • 2-3 limes or lemons for juice
  • soy sauce or fish sauce
Optional
  • fresh red chilies
  • tomato/es sliced
  • cashew or peanuts
Culinary Spice Kit
  • Lemongrass, amchoor, garlic, lemon peel, chili, coriander, ginger, star anise, cilantro, onion, basil, cumin, white peppercorn, cinnamon, lemon oil
Instructions
Rice
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions.
Meat
  1. In a POT, add meat and stir for about 5 minutes until it’s crumbled and fully cooked. Don't add oil or water.
  2. Transfer meat with its liquid to a BOWL and let cool.
When the meat is cooled:
  1. In the BOWL with the meat, add Larb Spices, 3 tbsp lime juice, 2 tbsp soy sauce or fish sauce, onions, mint, and sliced chilies to taste (optional).
  2. Mix well. Add salt or lime juice to taste.
Serve
  1. Serve larb with rice, lettuce leaves, cucumbers, and tomatoes (optional).
  2. Sprinkle with chopped nuts (optional).
  3. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Vegetarian Versions
Substitute meat and the 'meat'-step in the instructions as follows:
1) Cauliflower Larb

  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, chop 1 head raw cauliflower into rice-size pieces.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry cauliflower until cooked but still a bit crisp.
  • Transfer cauliflower to a BOWL and let cool.

2) Mushroom Larb

  • Chop 1 lb of your favorite mushrooms into about pea-size pieces.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Saute mushrooms until they are cooked.
  • Transfer cauliflower with their liquid to a BOWL and let cool.
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