Laab Neua -- Siamese version of Laotion Laap or Goy
Serving Size: 4
1 lb Ground beef
2 tb Fish sauce (nam pla)
6 Shallots, thinly sliced chopped
2 tb Ground roasted sticky rice**; ground (prik khee no pon)
1/4 c Lime juice
2 tb Scallion (spring onion),
2 tb Cilantro leaves, chopped
1 t Thai red chili pepper,
15 Mint leaves
Recipe from: "Thailand, the Beautiful Cookbook."
The blend of fresh herbs and lime juice makes this salad very
refreshing. This laab recipe was taken to Bangkok by the Lao people of
the Northeast and is one of the favorite dishes of Thailand. Other
meats such as chicken or pork can also be used.
Combine the ground beef with the lime juice, fish sauce, galangal
powder and shallots. Heat a skillet and cook the ground beef mixture on
medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the beef is cooked. Remove the
skillet from the heat and add the chopped green onion and cilantro and
the ground roasted rice. Mix thoroughly so that everything is well
Remove to a serving plate, spoon the ground pepper on the
side of the plate if desired, and garnish with the mint leaves.
Serve with an accompaniment of raw vegetables, such as long string
beans or snake beans, sliced cabbage, green leaf lettuce/Chinese
lettuce, basil leaves, and swamp cabbage or spinach.
Roasted sticky rice: Prepared by adding raw sticky rice to a hot
skillet and cooking until it is golden brown. Add a tablespoon of water
to the pan at occasional intervals. Grind in a mortar with a pestle if
ground roasted sticky rice is needed.
Galangal (kha): A relative of the ginger root, galangal is pale yellow
and has a unique, delicate flavor. Fresh young ginger root, but not
dried ginger, is an adequate substitute, but does not properly replace
the unique flavor.
Fish sauce (nam pla): A salty, pale brown liquid used widely in Thai
cooking, this is made from fermented small fish or shrimp. The fish are
salted and fermented in jars and then the liquid is collected. It adds
salt to many dishes and is essential for authentic Thai flavors--and is
available from Asian food stores.
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