Larb Pla Meuk (Spicy Squid Salad)


Spicy Squid Salad or Larb Pla Meuk is a Thai style salad. I adapt from larb mou. This is a dish of spicy squid is served as a snack at parties or at home with beer or whisky. You might have a beer and pizza, but Thai people have a beer and spicy pork. The chilli content in the dish 'cuts' through the beer. Medium hot.

Ingredients:
  • 500 g cleaned squid, cut into well pieces
  • 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp roasted sticky rice powder
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped spring onion
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp coarsely ground dried red chilli
  • ½  tsp sugar
  • ½  cup coarsely chopped shallot
  • 1 cup water (or chicken stock)
  • 2 wedges green cabbage
  • 5 green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise

How to Cook:
  • Heat water in a pot until boiling. 
  • Then scald the squid in boiled water for just a short time. Remove and drain.
  • Transfer the cooked squid to a medium bowl. 
  • Add the shallot, spring onion, coriander, and most of the mint, reserving a few leaves for a garnish. 
  • Add the lime juice, fish sauce, rice powder, chilli, and sugar. 
  • Then stir to combine everything well.
  • Before serving, garnish the serving dish with the cabbage, green bean, and mint. 
  • Thai people love to eat this dish with fresh vegetables.

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