thai pork larb with macadamias
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 4
This is a warm salad recipe you'll struggle to forget. Peppy and popping with flavour, and easy to assemble once you've bought all of the ingredients.
  • 750g pork mince
  • 1 tbsp (20ml) light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp finely ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp (40ml) fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (or palm sugar)
  • 2 limes
  • 2 shallots (the ones that look like mini onions)
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1 knob of ginger (about 3cm long)
  • 125g whole macadamias
  • 1 tbsp (20ml) cooking oil
  • 1 ice berg lettuce
  • handfuls of mint, vietnamese mint, coriander and chopped spring onions to serve
How to make it
  1. Combine the pork mince, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cornflour in a bowl and knead them all together until everything has soaked into the meat. Leave this aside to marinade while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the fish sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar. Slice the shallots and chilli finely and add it to the bowl along with the zest and juice of two limes.
  3. Peel and grate the ginger and add it to the fish sauce bowl. Give all of the ingredients a good stir and set it aside to combine.
  4. Heat a frying pan or wok over a high heat and add the macadamias (without any oil). Toss them every now and then until they are golden and a little bit scorched on the outside. Chop them up roughly and set aside.
  5. Now add the oil to the wok or frying pan and heat it until it is shimmering. Fry the pork up, half at a time, chopping it up and turning it with a spatula or wooden spoon. Keep cooking the pork until it is crisp around the edges, glistening, and some of it has started to stick to the pan. Repeat with the remaining pork.
  6. Mix the cooked pork, roasted macadmias and dressing together in a large bowl.
  7. To serve, wash and pull apart handfuls of the herbs and separate the leaves of the lettuce. Spoon some larb on the lettuce cups, add chopped herbs to your liking, roll and eat!
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