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What is 'Larb'?

Posted by Lorna 
What is 'Larb'?
March 22, 2018 08:39PM
In the 'Bite' section of today's NZ Herald there is a recipe for Chicken & Mushroom Larb on Noodles by Angela Casley and I am puzzled by the use of the word 'larb'. I have posted a comment on the page, as follows:

"I have searched the Oxford, McMillan and dictionaries find the meaning of the word 'Larb' with the response in every case: "nothing found". I have also submitted the word to Google Translate asking it to "detect language" with no result. What does this word mean and which language is it from? I can only assume it is a foreign word that someone has spelt as they have heard it spoken, and the spelling in incorrect. It could possibly be the Arabic word 'Lhab', meaning flame, but where is the 'flame' in this recipe?"


Does anyone here know what larb means or where it comes from?
Re: What is 'Larb'?
March 22, 2018 10:46PM
Wiki entry. If you want further information or a recipe let me know. []
Re: What is 'Larb'?
March 22, 2018 11:08PM
Thank you, TPANDAV, my suspicions about it being a foreign word spelt the way it sounds was correct. I just couldn't find the right language using Google translate. I am going to be making Angela Casley's version tonight, but will be using pork mince instead of chicken mince. I don't trust commercially produced chicken mince - I think it's far too prone to causing sickness. I'm always cautious when it comes to purchasing processed chicken meat and having to process the mince myself would be just a step too far. I've got bettter things to do than dismember, deskin, debone and mince chicken, and then have to clean up the mess produced!
Re: What is 'Larb'?
March 23, 2018 12:14AM
Lorna, if you use a search engine such as Google, just type the mystery word into the search bar and the search engine will do the rest. There is no need to fathom out which language is involved.

Here's the recipe for the larb that I make most often. It is very simple and has converted more than one person to the delights of kimchi.

Kimchi Pork Larb

serves 2 - 3

450g minced free range pork
1 tab raw rice
1 & 1/2 c kimchi, at room temperature, roughly chopped
1/2 c coriander leaves, chopped
fish sauce
rice vinegar
Korean chilli flakes

Cook pork in large frying pan over medium heat until the fat starts to run and the meat browns and crisps, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile toast rice until lightly browned, grind to a coarse powder.

Transfer pork to a large bowl, add kimchi, rice and coriander. Season with fish sauce, vinegar and chillis. Serve with rice and/or lettuce leaves.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/23/2018 12:18AM by TPANDAV.
Re: What is 'Larb'?
March 23, 2018 09:59PM
I made the recipe from Bite last night and in the words of that little girl on the Chanui Biscuit ad 'It's yum!'
Re: What is 'Larb'?
March 25, 2018 10:02PM
That recipe sounds nice Lorna and I have added it to my list of things to try.

Re chicken mince - while I hear your concerns, I have bought it often, mainly for burgers, and never had a problem. I believe that there is no more risk than buying chicken, breasts, thighs, drums etc. although for some reason I would never buy a whole fresh chicken, only frozen. I guess we've all got our little 'quirks'.

Thanks again for the recipe recommendation.


Barbara Anne

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/25/2018 10:06PM by Barbara Anne.
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