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Laotian Laab Minced Beef Salad

Considered to be the National Dish of Lao and for good reason this salad is simply scrumptious and can be made with any type of protein you like!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Laotian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 90kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean beef steak or sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbs toasted sticky rice powder
  • 8 sprigs of cilantro coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of bean sprouts for garnish
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 8 sprigs mint coarsely chopped (Plus a few leaves for garnish)
  • 5 kaffir limes leaves finely chopped or minced
  • 8 sprigs sprigs of Vietnamese coriander add more cilantro if you can not find this
  • 2 slices of galangal minced
  • 1/2 stalk lemongrass outer peel removed, trimmed, and minced
  • 2 Thai bird chili peppers thinly sliced (Thai chili's are exceptionally hot add according to your heat tolerance)
  • 1 tsp red pepper dried & crushed
  • 2-4 Tbsp fish sauce to taste
  • 1 large lime juiced
  • Optional ingredients you may add :
  • 1-2 Tbsp fermented fish sauce and/or
  • 1/4 cup beef tripe cooked & thinly sliced (both are optional)


  • Cooking the Beef:
  • Grill beef for 6-7 minutes on medium heat/flame until cooked to your liking
  • Thinly slice the beef, making sure you're against the grain
  • Finely mince the beef and place in a large bowl
  • Mixing the Larb:
  • Add in the toasted rice powder, herbs and spices, crushed dried red pepper, fish sauce and lime juice.
  • Toss the salad . You are going for a balanced flavor of spicy, tangy, salty, adjust seasonings to taste
  • Garnish with some mint, cilantro, lime and serve with some cucumber slices and of course sticky rice.


Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 1326mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 770IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1.6mg