A Freebie – Laab Kai (Thai Chicken Salad)

As a volunteer I am usually giving out the freebies but since I’ve been volunteering at MOSAIC, a multicultural centre in Chatswood (N.S.W. Australia), I often find myself on the receiving end.  Volunteer Tutors are offered free lessons given by other tutors.

Today the lesson came with a free meal – Ayesha Islam was giving a demonstration on how to make a Thai chicken and toasted rice salad.

Ayesha toasting raw rice in a dry wok

Ayesha toasting raw rice in a dry wok

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The rice is pounded into powder.

First a cup of Thai Jasmine rice was toasted until golden then pounded in a mortar and pestle until reduced to a fine grain.  This rice powder can be bought ready made but the freshly toasted rice has the crunch and aroma that would be absent in the store bought variety.

It’s hard work and a noisy business but Ayesha said that the more noise a Thai woman makes while she’s cooking, the better she is judged as a cook.

Red onions, lemon grass, coriander and shallots are chopped up

Red onions, lemon grass, coriander and shallots are chopped up

Some minced chicken was cooked in a little water

Some minced chicken was cooked in a little water

Minced chicken is cooked in a little water and all the ingredients are then tossed together in a large bowl and the flavour is adjusted by adding fish sauce, sugar, torn mint leaves, lemon juice and chilli powder.   The salad is then ready to be dished onto lettuce leaves and served with steamed rice.  YUM

Minced beef or seafood may be used instead of chicken.

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Served with steamed rice

Served with steamed rice

Sun photographing Ayesha

Sun, MOSAIC Co-ordinator,  photographing Ayesha

 

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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3 Responses to A Freebie – Laab Kai (Thai Chicken Salad)

  1. arlingwoman says:

    This sounds delicious. A nice reward for your volunteer activities!

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  2. I’ll bet that had you salivating.

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