Laotian Traditional “Laab Minced Beef Salad” Recipe

Laotion Laab, also known as Larb, is often regarded as the “lucky salad”. The dish is renowned for its balance of flavors, which is what makes Laos popular. There are many variations of the recipe, such as pork, fish, or chicken. Considered to be an unofficial national dish of the country, here is how you can make this famous dish at home (for four people). 



500 grams of lean beef steak or sirloin

1 tsp. of salt

2 tbs. of toasted sticky rice powder

8 stems of cilantro (chopped)

1/4 cup of bean sprouts for garnish

2 green onions (finely chopped)

8 stems of mint (chopped)

5 kaffir limes leaves (finely chopped or minced)

8 stems of coriander

2 slices of galangal (minced)

1/2 of lemongrass (outer peel removed, trimmed, and minced)

2 Thai bird chili peppers (thinly sliced)

1 tsp. of red pepper (dried & crushed)

2-4 tbsp. of fish sauce (to taste)

1 lime (juiced)



Cooking the Beef:

1. Grill the beef for 6-7 minutes on medium heat or flame until cooked to your liking.

2. Thinly slice the beef. 

3. Finely mince the beef and place it in a large bowl. 


Mixing the Larb:

4. Add in the toasted rice powder, herbs and spices, crushed dried red pepper, fish sauce and lime juice.

5. Toss the salad. Balance the flavor of spicy, tangy, salty, and adjust the seasonings according to your  taste preference. 

6. Garnish with mint, cilantro, lime. Then, serve it with some cucumber slices and rice.


Enjoy your meal!