Spicy Pork Larb With Vegetables & Herbs

May 29, 2018
15 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

Though this dish originates in Laos, many variations exist around Thailand. The base of the dish is made up of ground meat, often chicken or pork but variations also include ground duck or mushrooms and toasted, ground rice. Most often, larb is served cold or at room temperature with pickled vegetables and large pieces of lettuce that act as wraps for the meat.

Feel free to hold back the Thai chili, one packs a serious punch or switch up what kind of meat you use. This version of larb isn’t a traditional one, I’ve added in shredded vegetables and like serving it hot over rice. —Miranda Keyes

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup finely shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced lemongrass
  • 1 Thai chili, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice, about 2 large limes
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
In This Recipe
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened and starting to char slightly, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add pork and cook, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes. Add cabbage and carrot, cook until vegetables start to soften, 4 minutes.
  3. Once vegetables are tender add ginger, lemongrass, chili, fish sauce and lime juice. Mix until everything is well combined and cook until flavours come together, about 2 minutes. Mix in fresh herbs and serve over rice. Garnish with extra herbs, if desired.

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