Larb

11:30 am on 1 January 1900

(Serves 4)

Ingredients

Larb

Larb Photo: Supplied

  • 500g pork mince (or you can use chicken mince if you want)
  • 2 T vegetable oil
  • 4-5cm galangal - peeled and chopped
  • 2cm ginger - peeled and chopped 
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemongrass stalk - approx 5cm and outer layers removed - chopped
  • 1-2 red chillies (and save some to thinly slice for garnishing)
  • 3 shallots (approx 50g)
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 2T raw sugar
  • 2-3 Kaffir lime leaves (middle vein removed, thinly sliced)
  • 1 C mint leaves - roughly chopped
  • 1 C Coriander
  • 1/2 C bean sprouts
  • 1 T ground glutinous rice (kao kua) *

Method

Combine galangal, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chillies and shallots in a food processor (if you don’t have a processor you can finely chop these or put in a mortar and pestle and pound until combined). Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and fry the mince for 5 minutes or until cooked. Add the paste, fish sauce, and sugar and cook for further 5 minutes.

There will be some residue sauce from the mince. This is OK. At this stage, turn down the heat, and simmer for a further 5 minutes to reduce the sauce otherwise your larb will be  too runny. Taste the sauce and add more sugar or fish sauce if needed. 

Take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add lime or lemon juice, kaffir lime leaves, mint, coriander and bean sprouts and finish off with the ground glutinous rice. Give it a light toss.

Garnish with sliced chilli. Serve with sticky rice or streamed jasmine rice.

* Ground glutinous rice gives an almost earthy flavour to the dish and traditionally this ingredient is a must if you want to it right. To make ground glutinous rice is very  easy, however if you don’t have this available it’s OK, the dish will be just as tasty without it.

To make your own toasted glutinious rice you will need to follow the steps below:

Fry the rice over a stove on low to medium heat until the rice is evenly brown, but not burnt.
Take off the heat and let cool for at least 5-10 minutes.
Grind the rice. You can do this by either using coffee/spice grinder. Or if you don’t have one you can pound the rice in a mortar and pestle.
The end results should resemble coarsely ground black pepper, not a fine powder.

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