Mama’s Southeast Asian Chicken Salad


Spicy Laotian style Larb (marinated chicken), lemongrass, cilantro & Island chili peppers. Served in a crispy rice basket with Fresh Kula butter lettuce, Nalo Farms opal basil & mint.

Menu Item from Tiki's Grill & Bar:
Larb (Lao: ລາບ; Thai: ลาบ, RTGS: lap [lâːp], also spelled laap, larp, laab) is a type of Laotian and Isan (Northeast Thailand) meat salad that is regarded as the national dish of Laos. Larb is a creation of the Lao people,[1] with 20 million living in the Isan region of Thailand, and 4.5 million in Laos. Larb originated in Laos[2] and is one of the most famous dishes from Laos.[3] Since larb is eaten all over Laos, including the southern half of Laos, which formerly included present-day Isan region of Thailand, published books regarding Southeast Asian cuisines generally refer to larb as simply a Lao-style (Laotian-style) salad.[4][5][6]

Types of larb

Larb is most often made with chicken, beef, duck, turkey, pork or even fish, flavored with fish sauce, lime juice and fresh herbs. The meat can be either raw or cooked; it is minced and mixed with chilli, mint and, optionally, assorted vegetables. Roughly ground toasted rice (khao khua) is also a very important component of the dish. The dish is served at room temperature and usually with a serving of sticky rice and raw vegetables.[7] Fresh Thai holy basil (bai kraphao) is also one of the standard accompaniments for larb in Thailand.

There are several kinds of larb from Northern Thailand which do not use lime or fish sauce, but rather other local condiments for flavor and seasoning. "Larb pla" (Thai: ลาบปลา)[8] is a kind of larb which is made of minced fish mixed with spices.