Lao Laab

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 18.9
  • Total Fat: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 532.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 4.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 0.9 g

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Simple, tangy, delicious traditional Lao comfort food Simple, tangy, delicious traditional Lao comfort food
Number of Servings: 8


    1 scallion/shallot
    1lb ground lean pork
    3 tbsp fish sauce (available at Thai specialty stores)
    1 tbsp dried crushed chili pepper (preferably Thai bird's-eye chili)
    4 limes
    1 green onion
    4 tbsp cilantro
    4 tbsp spearmint
    1 oz water


1. Mix the juice of one lime well with ground pork. Set aside to marinate.
2. Slice shallot into paper-thin slices. Chop onion into rough pieces.
3. Heat a cast iron wok or large frying pan to extremely hot. Add water, shallots and pork, stir fry until pork is well done and no longer pink (traditional Laab is slightly raw but for health reasons, cook until no pink is left)
4. Add fish sauce and juice from the other three limes (this recipe will result in very zingy, zesty Laab, adjust this to your taste)
5. Stir in cilantro, spearmint, chili pepper and green onion until evenly mixed through pork. Cover and allow to simmer until onion becomes slightly transparent. Feel free to adjust seasonings to taste at any point in time.
6. Serve hot, preferably with steamed sticky rice and papaya salad. Makes about 8 1/2 cup servings. Alternatively, prepare as a salad, which is how it is done in most Lao restaurants and households. Simply remove cooked pork from the wok, and toss in the other ingredients. Using lean pork makes the dish lower in fat, and also feel free to substitute ground chicken, beef or even turkey for a twist on this traditional favorite.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user CHINESEVEG.

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