I like Thai food. Funny, but until about 5 years ago, I hadn't really tried it. I grew up in a smaller town and I don't think there was anything outside of the usual Mexican, Italian an Chinese places. Now I eat Thai quite often..although whenever they ask how spicy, I say "not spicy at all"--which is usually PLENTY spicy for me (and I like spicy Mexican food, but wow, Thai spicy is another scale). Anyway, aside from Pad Thai, Green Curry and Massaman Curry, one of my favorites is Larb, a type of salad--which I think is pronounced without the "r". I had some last night at Thai Siam, one of my favorite places, where they serve it lettuce wrap style. I decided to try it out at home and used this recipe as my guide.
I ended up just making a big salad, rather than as wraps, and I didn't cook the sticky rice that would accompany it, but I sure did enjoy it!
Marinade and salad dressing base:
You'll mix this up and then reserve part of it to use for the marinade and the other part for the dressing.
1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce
1/4 c. canola oil
2 Tbs finely diced fresh ginger (this is the secret ingredient, its about 2 inches of ginger root)
2 Tbs Hoisin sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sriracha sauce-want more spice? add 1 Tbs instead
--Mix all the above together. Take 4 Tbs out and save it for the marinade--
Now add the last three ingredients and you've got the salad dressing made.
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
3 green onions, chopped including most of the green parts
1 Tbs sugar (optional, or use a packet of artificial sweetener)
Marinate 1 large chicken breast with the 4 Tbs of reserved sauce in a zipper bag. I pounded the chicken flat so it would cook nice and fast.
Get the salad ready:
1/2 of a large head of Nappa cabbage, thinly sliced (about 4-5 cups)
1-2 carrots, shredded
2-3 radishes, sliced
1/2-2/3 cups of cilantro (remove stems, roughly chop)
toasted sliced almonds
toasted sesame seeds
fresh mint leaves (optional...larb has it, but I just used extra cilantro instead)
Once you've marinaded the chicken for about 30 minutes, place it in a heated skillet with a bit of oil. Cook each side for about 4 minutes on med-low or until the thermometer reads 180. Remove from pan and let rest while you mix up the salad.
In a bowl put the cabbage, carrot, radishes, cilantro. Toss with the dressing. Slice up the chicken and place on top and sprinkle with the almonds and sesame seeds.
If you are serving this as a main dish salad, it serves two. If you are doing it as larb or a side dish you can probably get 4-6 servings. If you are going to do it like larb, then chop up everything much smaller and serve with some pieces of romaine lettuce and sticky rice to make wraps.