Laab moo, or spicy pork salad, is a spicy issan favourite. Popular all over Thailand, it is usually eaten with sticky rice or other issan favourites such as som tam.
Although called a salad, there isn’t much “green” stuff in it. In this recipe I have used minced pork, but you could use minced chicken or beef.
This recipe is supposed to be spicy, so don’t be shy with the chillies!
Step 1: Heat a pan, and pour in the rice. Keep stirring the rice around the pan until it takes on a light brown colour
Step 2: Slice the spring onion and red onion
Step 3: Remove the chilli storks, and make a vertical incision in each chilli
Step 4: Crush the roasted rice – if you have a mortar and pestle, perfect! If not, a hammer will do the job
Step 5: Sieve the rice so that only the finest granules make it into the dish
Step 6: Heat a pan, and pour in the minced pork. Stir thoroughly until the pork has cooked, but be sure not to over cook it. It should have a white-grey colour. When it’s nearly cooked, add the stock granules.
Step 7: Pour the cooked pork into a bowel, and add the chillies, red onions, spring onions, mint, and parsley. Mix Throroughly
Step 8: Now add the crushed roasted rice, crushed chillies, lime juice, and fish sauce, and mix together. It’s ready to serve
Som Tam is a spicy Thai salad made from papaya. The papaya should be unripened and white inside. The dish combines 4 tastes – spice from the chillie, sweetness from the sugar, salt from the fish sauce, and sour from the lime.
This spicy papaya salad is a great snack, or side dish. Again its very healthy and meat free. Its usual in thailand for the customer to choose and add the ingredients themselves to suit their tastes, so why not play around the type and quantity of ingredients listed below until you find your ideal combination.
This dish is very quick to prepare, although it can be tricky finding the raw papaya.
Step 1: Peel the skin off the papaya, then wash thoroughly. Now grate the papaya
Step 2: Chop the tomatoes and garlic, and add to a large bowl (or mortar and pestle if you have one) Then slice the chillies length ways to open them up. Add to the bowl
Step 3: Slice and crush the green beans and add to the bowl
Step 4: Now add the shredded papaya, fish sauce, crushed peanuts, lemon juice and sugar. Mix everything together thoroughly
Step 5: If you dont have a mortar and pestle, use a spoon to mix everything, and make sure you crush the chillis to get the spice released. Do the same with all the ingredients.
Step 6: Once everything has been thoroughly mixed, you can serve and eat.