How to Make Larb Gai - Lahb Gai - Laab Gai - Larp Gai - Laap Gai - Lahb Gai ลาบไก่
Recipe type: Main Course Salad
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Serves: 2
  • 1 pound (~500g) ground chicken
  • ½ cup (3 fluid ounces) water, if necessary (see instructions)
  • 2 large (56g) shallots, peeled and finely sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon store-bought or homemade toasted rice powder (see notes)
  • Fish sauce, or to taste
  • Lime juice, or to taste
  • Ground dried red pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (4g) whole cilantro leaves or coarsely-chopped sawtooth coriander leaves
  • ⅓ cup (8g) mint leaves
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the chicken until cooked through. (Don’t use high heat; you don’t want to brown the chicken.) There should be some juice in the pan. If it gets too dry, add some water to the pan up to ½ cup.
  2. Once the chicken is done, take the pan off the heat and immediately add the shallots; toss to wilt the shallots.
  3. Start out by adding 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Toss everything together well, and taste to see if you like how it tastes. If not, add more fish sauce and/or lime juice until the salad tastes right to you. (For this recipe, I use 2 tablespoons of fish sauce and 4 tablespoons of lime juice.)
  4. Add the toasted rice powder; toss.
  5. Add about one teaspoon of dried chilli powder to the mix and taste. I usually add 1 tablespoon, but that may be too much for some of you.
  6. Once the taste is where you want your laab to be, mix in the mint leaves and cilantro or culantro. Serve.
See this post on how to make your own toasted rice powder (khao khua):
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