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Nam Khao (Laotian Crispy Rice Salad)

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In this episode, we will be making a Laotian salad with steamed pork balls and crispy rice patties. It's a flavourful and aromatic blend of classic Southeast Asian ingredients that you are going to enjoy. Have fun in the kitchen!
For the crispy rice patties
  Galangal 1 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Thai chilies 1 Teaspoon
  Lemon grass 3 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Shallots 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Garlic 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Jasmine rice 2 Cup (32 tbs) (Cooked)
  Fish sauce 2 Tablespoon
  Egg 1 Medium
For the pork balls
  Ground pork 1 Pound
  Garlic 10 Clove (50 gm), chopped finely
  Jasmine rice 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Cooked)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (To season)
For the assembling of the salad
  Shallots 10 Medium, diced
  Cilantro 3 Tablespoon, chopped
  Green onion 1 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Ginger 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), julienned
  Lime juice 6 Tablespoon
  Dried chilies 15 Medium
  Fish sauce 3 Tablespoon
For the garnish
  Roasted peanuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), crushed
  Lime 2 Medium, wedged

1. In a blender put it some Galangal, lemon grass, chilies, shallots and garlic and blend with some oil to make a paste.
2. Take a bowl add the prepared paste with some cooked jasmine rice. Add a dash of fish sauce and an egg to mold it together. Mix it together by your hands, cover it and set it aside.
3. In a bowl along with the ground pork, add finely chopped garlic and some of the cooked jasmine rice. Season it with salt. Combine well and form them into 16 meat balls of equal size.
4. In a steamer put the meat balls to cook it. Make sure not to overcook the meat balls.
5. To make the crispy rice, moisten your hands and take the rice mixture and form patties. Take a skillet with hot oil and fry them until they are golden brown.

6. In a large mixing bowl, crumble the pork balls, then add green onion and ginger. Also add diced shallots and cilantro. Top it with some lime juice and fish sauce. Break up the crispy rice patties into it and garnish with peanuts.

7. Serve the salad with lemon wedges.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
Its always nice to have a salad that can double up as a main course, like this Laotian Nam Khao. It is flavorful with fresh herbs and a nectarous dressing. View this video for the details of this Laotian salad. It calls for some preparation but the results are worth all the effort!

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1060 Calories from Fat 378

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 43 g65.9%

Saturated Fat 11.6 g58.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 128.2 mg42.7%

Sodium 1917.2 mg79.9%

Total Carbohydrates 134 g44.6%

Dietary Fiber 4.3 g17.4%

Sugars 4.4 g

Protein 37 g74.4%

Vitamin A 56.4% Vitamin C 50.7%

Calcium 18.8% Iron 26.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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