Beef Larb Yield: 2 large servings or 4 appetizer-size servings
1/4 cup sweet/sticky rice (dry), or 1 tbsp toasted rice powder
Whisk larb dressing ingredients until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
1 lb cooked ground beef, r aw
Toast dry sweet rice in a pan on medium heat until amber or golden brown in color. Stir and toss, so sides are evenly colored. Do not burn. Pulse in a spice grinder until it is a coarse powder, or grind with mortar and pestle (skip this whole step if you are buying premade toasted rice powderâ€”though making it is much more delicious).
Cook ground beef in oil over medium heat without browning too much. Stir to break up large chunks. When cooked completely, let it cool in the pan for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a mixing bowl.
Mix warm ground beef with dressing, lemongrass, shallots, Thai chilis and 2/3 of each of the herbs, torn into small pieces.
Put the larb on a plate or in a bowl. Sprinkle some toasted rice powder on top and garnish with remaining torn herbs. Enjoy larb warm by scooping it up with sliced cucumber, cabbage wedges, other raw veggies and/or shrimp chips.
1 tbsp oil 3 tbsp lemongr ass, minced 2 small shallots, thinly sliced rings 1-2 red Thai chilis, thinly sliced rings 6 basil leaves 6 cilantro sprigs, leaves and thin stems from upper half only 6 mint leaves r aw cucu m ber sl ice s, gr e en c a bb age w e d g e s, r a dish sl ic e s or o t h e r r aw vegetables (for serving) shrimp chips (optional) Larb Dressing: 3 tbsp Thai fish sauce 3 tbsp lime juice (freshly squeezed) 1.5 tbsp white sugar
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