Pork larb lettuce cups

July 30, 2022 (Last Updated: July 21, 2022)
pork larb

Larb is the national dish of Laos and is eaten widely throughout Thailand. It is a meat salad often made with beef, chicken or pork mince. We chose to serve our larb in lettuce cups for a crisp, fresh all-in-one bite.

Pork larb lettuce cups

HANDS-ON TIME 30 min | TOTAL TIME 30 min | SERVES 4

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | QUICK & EASY

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh lemongrass
  • 1 fresh small red chilli, finely chopped, plus extra, sliced,  to serve
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 40 grams fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1.4 kg pork mince
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 5 fresh lime leaves, finely shredded
  • 2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves, trimmed
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into long strips
  • 1 Mediterranean cucumber, cut into long thin strips
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 5 limes, halved, to serve

METHOD

HEAT peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add lemongrass, chopped chilli, garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes, stirring until fragrant.

INCREASE the heat to high and add pork mince. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until the pork is browned.

ADD fish sauce and half the lime juice and cook for a further minutes. Remove the wok from the heat.

STIR in lime leaves, herbs, spring onion, shallots and the remaining lime juice.

SPOON the pork larb mixture into the lettuce leaf cups. Top with carrot and cucumber and finish off with extra sliced chilli and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Pork larb lettuce cups

Prep Time: 30 min Total Time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp peanut oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh lemongrass
  • 1 fresh small red chilli, finely chopped, plus extra, sliced,  to serve
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 40 grams fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 1.4 kg pork mince
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 5 fresh lime leaves, finely shredded
  • 2/3 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 8 iceberg lettuce leaves, trimmed
  • 1 medium carrot, cut into long strips
  • 1 Mediterranean cucumber, cut into long thin strips
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped unsalted peanuts
  • 5 limes, halved, to serve

Instructions

1

HEAT peanut oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium heat. Add lemongrass, chopped chilli, garlic and ginger and cook for 2 minutes, stirring until fragrant.

2

INCREASE the heat to high and add pork mince. Cook, stirring, for 10 minutes or until the pork is browned.

3

ADD fish sauce and half the lime juice and cook for a further minutes. Remove the wok from the heat. 

4

STIR in lime leaves, herbs, spring onion, shallots and the remaining lime juice.

5

SPOON the pork larb mixture into the lettuce leaf cups. Top with carrot and cucumber and finish off with extra sliced chilli and peanuts. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

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