What you see is more delicious than it looks. Larb is a Thai salad that I love to make in the summer. It’s cool, spicy and tangy.
Walking the streets of Bangkok in the heat begs you to duck into one of those small barely covered cafe’s and slurp spicy Tom yam Kung. So counter-intuitive to eat when you are dripping with sweat. But it works. The spice delights and cools you down. But sometimes, I prefer something a little meatier. A protein lift that is cool with generous lime, chili and cilantro. You fill a lettuce leaf and crunch into this juicy, limey, toothsome wrap, swigged with a frosty Thai beer and sigh. Ready to hit the streets refreshed. Tuk! Tuk!
1 pound of ground meat. It could be lamb, beef, chicken or turkey
1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers
3 limes, juiced
1 fresh red onion, fresh if possible, cut in thin half moon slices. Half for sauteing, half for adding to the salad, raw.
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely
1 T olive oil
good salt and pepper
Put a drizzle of e.v.olive oil in a pan. Add half of the onion and sauté. Add the ground meat of your choice and brown.
Add salt and pepper . Put in a bowl. Take the other ingredients that you have chopped and juiced and add them to the bowl. Correct for seasoning. Enjoy! Sawadee Ka!
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