This is one of those dinners that is both healthy and delicious. Trust me when I tell you when you take one bite of this you will be forever grateful that I started this blog–yes it’s that good! For those of you who do not know, larb is a thai street food. It’s so good that it’ll make you question how we do street food in America. It’s bright, fresh, and full of the umami flavors that will make you go Mmmmmm… If you don’t fancy pork, no problem, you can try this with ground chicken, turkey, or even lamb and beef. Check out my recipe for Chicken larb here. This is one of my favorite ways to use ground meat, it’s so simple that this meal almost makes itself!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 pound of ground pork
3 large cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1/4 cup of diced red bell pepper
1/2 of a red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup of fresh cilantro leaves
1 head of romaine lettuce, leaves removed to use as cups
1/2 cup of sliced persian cucumbers
1/3 cup of fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon of a good quality fish sauce, I used red boat
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
1/4 cup of water
Sea salt to taste
2 tablespoons of cooking oil of your choice
red pepper flakes to taste
Directions: Heat oil, garlic and red bell pepper and cook until garlic is fragrant–about 15 seconds.
Add in ground meat season with sea salt and cook until brown about 5-7 minutes.
Once brown, add in soy sauce, fish sauce, water and red pepper flakes if using.
Cook until liquid evaporates and pork is brown and crispy about 2 minutes. Add in lime juice, toss well, remove from heat. Add the meat to the lettuce cups, top with a generous amount of the fresh herbs, cucumbers, red onion, red pepper flakes, and a squeeze of additional lime juice, enjoy! So good!