Healthy Recipe: Larb Gai (La-ap Guy)


Larb Gai (La-ap Guy)

Country of Origin: Thailand/Laos

Nutritional Fact: 173.7 calories per serving, 4 servings per recipe


  • 1lb ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and finely sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp. Toasted rice powder (Khao-Kua) see bottom for recipe
  • Fish sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Dried pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup of chopped mint leaves
  • Romaine lettuce



Squeeze juice from 1/3 of the lime on to the ground meat. Mix well and let it marinate for just a couple of minutes until you are ready to cook it.

Heat up a pan on high until it is very hot. Add two tablespoons of water and then immediately add your marinated pork and stir. The meat will stick to the pan at first, but then the juice will come out and the meat will loosen from the bottom. Keep stirring until the meat is well done. Traditionally, the meat is undercooked, but I do not recommend undercooking pork for health reasons.

Put the meat in a bowl a large mixing bowl that will hold all the ingredients. Add fish sauce, shallot, cilantro, the rest of the lime juice, Pepper flakes and almost all of toasted rice into the bowl. Save some toasted rice to sprinkle on top for garnish. Mix well and taste. It should be a little bit hot. You should be able to taste tartness from the lime juice and the fish sauce. If you need to add more fish sauce or lime juice, don’t be afraid. Getting the flavor balance right is a delicious trial and error process.

Serve with lettuce leaves for a lettuce wrap.


Khao Kua (Cow Cu-a):


  • White rice
  • Coffee grinder


Roast white rice over low to medium heat in a dry pan. Stir frequently to evenly brown rice to a rich brown color.   Stir for approx. 10-15 minutes. Let cool before grinding into a fine powder.