Minced Pork Salad | Adventure Laos

Minced Pork Salad

Minced Pork Salad

While famous in Thailand’s Isaan region this fiery, minced pork salad originates from Laos. Easily one of my favourite foods in Asia and a must try for any visit to Laos (or Isaan). While Laab does have variations the most popular dish comes with stir-fried minced pork cooked with shallots, coriander, chillies and mint leaves. Salty of fish sauce and sour of lime for seasoning. Note, Laab can be found using raw uncooked meat which I strongly advise against eating. As most of Lao food Laab comes served with sticky rice (Khao Niew) an accompanying staple. Laab Moo costs roughly 20,000 Kip or 80 Baht.
Ingredients
500 g Coles Brand Pork Mince
2 tbsp Peanut Oil
3 cm piece Ginger
1-2 cloves Garlic
1 stalk Lemongrass, ends and outer layer removed
1 Green Chilli
1 Red Onion, finely sliced
4-6 tsp Fish Sauce
1 Lime, juice
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp White Vinegar
1/4 cup Mint Leaves, chopped
1/4 cup Coriander Leaves, chopped
10 Baby Cos Lettuce Leaves
Coles Smart Buy Crushed Peanuts, to serve
Lime Wedges, to serve

Minced Pork Salad

Minced Pork Salad

Method
Fry mince in peanut oil for 5-10 mins, or until browned.
Meanwhile, combine ginger, garlic, lemongrass and chilli in a food processor (or finely chop, if you prefer) and add to mince. Cook for 2 mins. Add red onion and cook for a further 2 mins. Add fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and vinegar and cook for 4 mins. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 5 mins. Stir in mint and coriander.
Arrange washed lettuce on plates and spoon in pork mixture, or serve in small bowl with lettuce on the side. Serve with peanuts and lime wedges.

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