What is Larb?
The national dish of Laos, larb (also spelled laap, larp, lahb or laab) is a simple, meat-based salad combined with fresh herbs and a salty, sour and spicy dressing.
There are many recipes for larb using a wide variety of meats including chicken (gai), pork, duck, fish and mushrooms – and some that feature unique styles that use raw or cooked meat and even bile as ingredients. It’s the most palatable to Western taste, and the variety we see in most Laos and Thai restaurants is poached ground meat combined with herbal, fragrant and spicy ingredients.
Larb is eaten across South East Asia in many forms, including Thailand where I once ate a Larb so spicy I thought it might end my life!