Larb Gai, a Thai minced chicken salad is one of my favourite sweet, salty and sour style dishes. Pork, or firm tofu for a vegetarian version, can also be used – just add soy sauce (or tamari as a gluten-free option) instead of fish sauce in the recipe.
No matter how much I enjoy pouring hours of tender loving care into a meal for friends or family, there are times when throwing something together in less than 15 minutes is my only option.
Think weeknights with homework and after school activities, or the times when you are so tired after work all you want to do is pick up the phone and order some second rate take away… Stop! Don’t do it!
Why? Well, if you are a big Thai food fan, you might be surprised that one of the country’s best known dishes, Larb Gai or minced chicken salad can be ready to eat in little to no time.
Of course, if you are familiar with the dish, I won’t have to tell you how wonderfully aromatic and flavourful it is. Every mouthful is a fresh burst of sweet, and salty and sour. The benefit of making this dish at home is the fact that you can adjust the spice level to your own liking. It is a great way to introduce kids to other cuisines too – simply season the dish with chilli at the table.
So tell me, what is your favourite takeaway dish that you often like to recreate at home?
PS and a few updates: I know I have been posting a lot of savoury dishes of late. Apologies to the sweet tooths, I have good news: there are some delicious no-sugar sweet posts coming your way soon. There’s chocolate cake and my new take on Nutella. A tasty frozen yoghurt recipe, oh, and an ice-cream maker giveaway… stay tuned this month for more details!