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Lab Kai (Spicy Ground Chicken)

Cuisine: Thai
Type: Chicken
Serves: 1 people

Recipe Ingredients

3 tablespoons 45mlLime juice
3 tablespoons 45mlChicken stock
3 tablespoons 45mlFish sauce - (nam pla)
5 teaspoons 25mlPrik phom (ground dried red chilies)
1 tablespoon 15mlKhao koor (ground toasted rice)
4   Shallots, chopped
1/2   Lemon grass - very thinly sliced
1   Kaffir lime leaf - shredded
  Or 1 teaspoon lime zest
2   Spring onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon 5mlPowdered galangal)
4 oz 113gChicken

Recipe Instructions

garnish lettuce, parsley, sliced radish and mooli, coriander leaves.


Line a serving dish with the lettuce leaves. Chop the chicken (in a food processor, or with two cleavers, or get the butcher to do it for you.

In a fairly high wok, with a very small amount of oil, stir fry the chicken until it just starts to turn whitish, then add all the remaining ingredients (if using precooked meat, simply add everything to a hot wok together), and stir until heated through and the chicken is cooked.

Serve on the bed of lettuce leaves and garnish to taste. Serve with steamed sticky rice (if you prefer you can use jasmine rice) and a dish of mixed [raw] fresh vegetables, and the usual Thai table condiments (prik nam pla, prik dong, prik phom and sugar).

The usual way to eat this is to take a small ball of sticky rice in the fingers and use it to pick up a little lab, then eat it with the raw veggies. You can also use a fork and spoon as a lot of Thais do.

Lab is an easy, quick to make "spicy" dish (it can be, and often is fierily hot). I have seen it on Thai restaurant menus in America and Britain described as "chicken salad Thai style", which might be the best description for this dish. It can be made with beef (lab nuea) or pork (lab muu) instead of chicken, and it can be made with precooked left-over poultry or meat instead. It can even be made with chopped up luncheon meat or something like SPAM. I leave it to your imagination. However in the part of Thailand I live in it is almost always a chicken recipe.

Recipe By: Muoi Khuntilanont

"Thai Cooking From the Siam Cuisine Restaurant"


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