Minced Pork Salad (Laab)

Buying ground pork makes an easy Thai salad ridiculously simple to put together. Serve with your favorite raw vegetable: cucumbers and cabbage would be great here.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1 tablespoon white rice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 ounces ground pork
  • 1 ounce shallot (about 1/2 large shallot), thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or other spicy chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 cucumber, cut in half crosswise then each half cut into quarters

How to make this recipe

  1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the rice and toast, stirring constantly, until the rice turns barely golden, about 4 minutes. Turn the rice into a bowl and let cool. When cool, pulverize in a clean spice grinder or coffee mill, or with a mortar and pestle.

  2. In a small saucepan, dissolve the salt and sugar in the water over medium heat. Add the pork and simmer, stirring frequently, until the pork is just cooked, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the shallot, lime juice, cayenne, fish sauce, mint, cilantro and the reserved rice powder. Place the pork salad on a platter and serve with cucumber spears.

Contributed By Photo © Scott Hocker Published August 2014

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