Labb is a northeastern Thai food made with ground meat, herbs, spices and rice powder (in Num Tok blog). It tastes sour and spicy almost like a salad. We eat it with sticky rice and fresh vegetables like cabbage and Thai basil. When I worked at a restaurant this menu was a special menu, because not too many American people (in my town) know about this, but after checking online this is one of the top ten menus people are searching online. It’s not hard to make Labb. In Thailand the most popular Labb is made from ground pork or beef also you can use chicken or for vegetarians use mushrooms still making this dish taste good. But remember you have to mince or ground the meat or mushrooms otherwise we don’t call this Labb….
Ingredients : 1 serving
1 cup ground pork (any kind of meat or mushroom)
2 tbsp. fish sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. rice powder
1 tsp. chili flack
2 tbsp. shallot or red onion
1 tbsp. chopped green onion
1 tbsp. chopped mint
3 tbsp. water
1. In a medium sauce pot add water and turn the heat on until it boils then add ground meat. Break the meat while it is cooking. When the meat is cooked turn the heat off.
2. Add all of the ingredients except green onion and mint into the cooked ground meat and toss it until mixed well then add green onion and mint at the end (to prevent over cooking the herb)
3. Serve with sticky rice, fresh cabbage, cucumber or carrot for cooling down the heat.