Grilled meats with lemongrass are rather less common on the street than a similar looking dish using only garlic and pepper. Still, the lemongrass adds a special flavour that makes this recipe a bit more interesting than what you will normally find. This recipe works well with pork or chicken, and could also be used with beef.
This is one of my old favorites. The taste is rather unusual and quite extraordinarily spicy. I must admit to taking a bit of perverse pleasure in watching western visitors not familiar with Thai cuisine dig into moo manao on the assumption that a 'salad' - especially one served cool - will not be too spicy.
Minced meat salads called larb are a very popular "country" food among the Thais. The dish is mostly identified with the regional cuisine of north-eastern Thailand, which the Thais call Isan, but Chiang Mai has its own variation, which can be a bit more like a soupy curry than the Isan style, which is usually rather dry by comparison.
One of my favorite Indonesian side dishes is corn cakes. They come in a lot of different types, since it seems almost every regional cuisine has some kind of them. I found this recipe in a small book of Indonesian favorites. It calls for peanuts, which I'm not sure I've had before. If you're allergic, just leave them out.
The spicy minced meat salad known as larb is found in many different styles all over Thailand. Variations abound, as the dish can be prepared with just about any kind of meat, including duck, chicken, catfish, prawn, beef, and on and on. Sometimes referred to as Thailand's own version of steak tartar, the meat is almost always served cooked, although there are some regional variations that serve it almost raw. Unlike most contemporary Thai dishes, larb was traditionally made some hours in advance of when it would be consumed.
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Time to take a break from Thai food and try a little Balinese cuisine for a change. While Thai dishes tend to be quick light stir-fries, many Balinese and Indonesian dishes often take a bit more time and are a bit heavier.
This is a spicy Thai 'salad' that is served as part of the main meal. You can adjust the chili to suit your taste. You might be able to use grapefruit in place of pomelo, but you will probably want to increase the sugar and decrease the lime juice to counteract the tarter taste of grapefruit.