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Friday, March 11, 2011

Spicy Shrimp Laap (Laab/Lap)

Laap (Laab, Lap) Lao is the national food dish of Laos. It is like a salad dish with meat and Thai Lao herbs tossed together. You can make Laap, fish, and shrimp; however, this is a time-consuming dish as it requires a lot of chopping. Some of the traditional ways to make laap could be found on youtube as the one below:

Even though it tastes authentic but for many people, it's too hard to make and require much time to clean up (just watch the video and you'll see). Last week, a friend of mine show me how to make a quicker version of shrimp laap which takes around 10 minutes.

All ingredients that you may need are:
  • Shrimp (1.5-2lbs)
  • Green Onions (4-5 bunches)
  • 5 fresh limes
  • Fresh Red Chili Peppers (depending on how much spicy you prefer)
  • Cilantro (1 bunch) - well - chopped
  • 2 table spoons of  Laap seasoning mix (could be found in any Asian store) 
Laap Seasoning mix
  First, star to boil and peel the shrimps:

Chop the green onions, shrimp cilantro and mix them in a big bowl:

Chopping the ingredients
Mixing the ingredients

Start cutting the limes and sqeeze their fresh juice into the mixture (Lime has a lot of benefits):
Cutting the limes

Squeezing the juice into the mixture

 For real laap, there is chooped lime leaf, however, we can't find them here so here you go:
Save the lime skin

Peel the lime skin off

Mince them really well and add to the mixture !!!!!
Add the red chili peper and mix all of them up with laap spices and 2 table spoons of Vietnamese fish sauce. This dish must be spicy, otherwise it would be tastless: 

adjust the taste with some salt and sugar and then enjoy it!!!!! You may serve it with some sticky rice and hot tea as it'll be so spicy!!!

Serving laap on a plate


A big 'Thank' to Rimi and Chue for sharing this recipe!!!

Rimi and Chue in Kitchen

Posing with a piece of lime skin