About this Recipe
Larb, pronounced “laap,” is considered the unofficial national dish of Laos. It is known for its mix of protein, lime juice, mix of fresh herbs, and spice. This delicious version of larb is served with lettuce and made with tofu and mushrooms.
Recipe by: Tina Phoumalvahn
Photos by: Andrew Real & Sierra Barsten
- 1 tablespoon toasted rice powder
- 2 tablespoons vegan fish sauce
- Juice of 4 limes or more
- 8 ounces sliced white button mushrooms (chopped finely)
- 1 (14oz) package extra-firm tofu
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin oil olive
- 2 small shallots, finely diced
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced
- 3–4 Thai chilis, finely sliced
- 1 bunch mint leaves, chopped
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 bunch perilla leaves
- Sliced cucumbers, halved and longwise
- Dried whole-roasted red chili peppers
- 1 head of lettuce or cooked steamed rice or sticky rice
Drain and press tofu for at least 30 minutes, then crumble with hands, or you can throw it in the food processor.
Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Once hot, add the ground mushrooms and tofu to it. Squeeze a lime in the mix and stir fry for a few minutes until browned in places.
Add in shallots, spring onions (white part only) and fresh Thai chilis (depending on the level of spiciness you desire), and stir-fry for another minute or so.
Serve with cooked rice or with wraps. For wraps, you can spoon the larb into fresh lettuce leaves with extra herbs, the green part of the sliced onions, perilla leaves, and cucumbers, and top it off with roasted red peppers! Enjoy!