Laab (Northern Thai Spicy Beef Salad)

Laab (Northern Thai Spicy Beef Salad) Recipe
Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
The rice powder is a traditional component of this dish, but you can omit it, if you prefer.


6 servings (serving size: 2 filled leaves)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 209
Caloriesfromfat 27 %
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 2.2 g
Monofat 2.4 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 25.7 g
Carbohydrate 11.7 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Iron 4.1 mg
Sodium 1022 mg
Calcium 51 mg


Rice powder:
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons uncooked long-grain Thai sticky rice
1 teaspoon white peppercorns
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice
1 1/2 pounds boneless sirloin steak, trimmed
Cooking spray
Remaining ingredients:
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 cup torn fresh mint
1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon thinly sliced kaffir lime leaves (about 8 leaves) or 1 tablespoon grated lime rind
1 teaspoon minced bird chile or 2 teaspoons minced serrano chile
1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
12 tender napa (Chinese) cabbage leaves or any sturdy lettuce leaves


To prepare rice powder, combine water and rice in a bowl. Let stand 1 hour. Drain and rinse rice with cold water; pat dry. Cook rice in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 7 minutes, stirring constantly until lightly browned. Cool completely. Place rice in a spice or coffee grinder; process until rice resembles cornmeal. Set aside.

To prepare marinade, place peppercorns in pan over medium-high heat, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly or until toasted. Place peppercorns in spice or coffee grinder; process until ground. Combine ground pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic, pineapple juice, and the steak in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes.

Preheat broiler.

Remove steak from bag, reserving the marinade. Place steak on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil 16 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning and basting with reserved marinade after 8 minutes. Cut the steak diagonally across grain into thin slices. Cut slices crosswise into thin slivers. Combine steak and lime juice in a large bowl. Add rice powder, mint, and next 8 ingredients (mint through 1/2 teaspoon salt), and toss well. Spoon 1/3 cup steak mixture into each cabbage leaf.

Su-Mei Yu,

Cooking Light

June 2001
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