Laap or Larb Neua

This is Northeastern(Isan) Thailand or Laotian style beef salad

Main ingredients:

1lb ground or minced beef
4 shallots, 2 sliced in thin rounds and 2 minced
5 spring onions, sliced in thin rounds
2 garlic cloves, sliced in thin rounds
2 hot chilli peppers, sliced in thin rounds (or to taste)
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce, or more to taste (see note below)
salt, pepper, lime juice to taste
2 Tbsp khao khua, roasted rice powder (see note below)

Salad Garnishes:

Herbs: sliced spring onions, mint, coriander leaves/cilantro (a handful of each)
Lettuce leaves
Sliced string beans (optional, best to use tender, summer variety)
Sliced cucumber
Hot chilli peppers, sliced in rounds, to taste
1 lime, sliced


Heat one tablespoon of oil in a frying pan, then add shallots sliced in rounds (reserve minced shallots for later,) garlic, spring onions and chili peppers. When they have browned, add the beef, sugar, and fish sauce.  Once the beef is well cooked, add more salt, lime juice and adjust the seasonings. It should be well-seasoned and richly flavored. Set aside and let cool.

Toss beef with herbs, minced shallots and roasted rice powder. Serve with garnishes on a side.

Good with beer or white wine( Riesling or Gewurztraminer or any other which have sweetnes in them) If you must have red Beaujolais is good,main thing is to avoid wine strong on tannins