I love Asian salad’s of all kinds, and Laap Gai is definitely one of my favorites! If you’ve ever been to an authentic Laos or Thai restaurant, chances are, you’ve probably come across this minced meat salad on the menu.
My version uses freshly minced galangal and minced lemongrass to kick things up a notch. The Khmer girl in me, just wont allow me to make this recipe without it!
Give my recipe a go, and you will not be disappointed!
1 pound of ground chicken (may sub with ground pork)
1 tsp of fresh galangal minced
2 Tablespoons of fresh lemongrass minced
1/2 of a shallot sliced
4-5 sprigs of mint chopped
4 sawtooth coriander chopped
handful of cilantro chopped
half of a green onion chopped (green part only)
1 Tablespoon of fish sauce
2 teaspoons of pahok/padek ( I prefer the liquid kind for this particular salad)
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 tsp of msg
1/2 teaspoon of dried chili flakes (or to taste)
2 Thai chili peppers finely chopped (or to taste)
1/4 cup of sticky rice/glutinous rice
You will also need:
extra virgin olive oil
a couple of Tablespoons of water
1. Start off by dry roasting your sticky rice in a skillet on medium low heat. Stir the rice often, so that it browns evenly. This process should take about 10-15 minutes. Once done, place toasted rice in a mini blender or bullet, and process until ground. Set aside.
2. Take your ground chicken, and give it a little chop on your cutting board. This part is optional. I don’t like huge chunks of chicken in my salad.
3. With your skillet on medium high heat, drizzle in some olive oil. Add in your ground chicken, a few Tablespoons of water, and cook until no longer pink, or completely cooked through.
4. Drain your chicken in a colander and place it back into the same skillet. (Make sure you’ve turned off your stove)
5. Add in your galangal, lemongrass, dried chili flakes, fish sauce, msg, and sugar. Mix well.
6. Transfer your chicken into a large mixing bowl, and add in your fresh herbs, limes, fresh chili, pahok, and mix well. Taste check for seasoning. Add your toasted rice powder (to taste) last. Toss again, and serve immediately.