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Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

If you thought meatballs were always bland and tasteless, think again. These gorgeous bites are crunchy and gnarly on the outside, but jam-packed with freshness and flavour on the inside. So good, you won’t be able to stop.

WATCH THIS RECIPE

Crispy Thai Laab Meatballs

PREP TIME
5 minutes
COOK TIME
30 minutes
SERVES
Makes 20
Ingredients

1 tbsp raw glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice)* 

1 tbsp palm sugar 

3 tbsp fish sauce 

2 tbsp lime juice 

3 tsp chilli powder (or to taste) 

500g (1 lb) pork mince 

2 small red Asian shallots, finely chopped 

1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped, plus extra leaves for serving 

1/4 cup finely chopped coriander (cilantro) 

1/4 cup finely sliced spring onions (scallions)

vegetable oil for deep frying 

cucumber slices, to serve 

Steps
  • Step 1

    Toast the rice in a dry frying pan over high heat until golden brown. Use a mortar and pestle to ground the toasted grains to a fine powder. 

  • Step 2

    To make a seasoning/dipping sauce, in a small bowl, mix half the rice powder with the palm sugar, fish sauce, lime juice and chilli powder. Set aside for later. 

  • Step 3

    In a large bowl, add the pork mince, shallot, mint, coriander, spring onion and the remainder of the rice powder. Add three-quarters of the spicy seasoning sauce you made earlier (reserve the remainder and serve as a dipping sauce). Mix well and form into small bite-sized meatballs. 

  • Step 4

    Fill a wok or saucepan about one-third full with oil. When the oil is hot, add the meatballs in batches and cook for about 3 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Serve warm with extra mint leaves, cucumber and the reserved dipping sauce. 

  • Notes
    Notes:

    – Using glutinous or sticky rice will give you a softer rice powder. If glutinous rice is unavailable you can still use regular long grain rice to add a similar toasty flavour with a slightly crunchier texture 

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Billy
February 20, 2024

Awesome balls

Made this for a party last night – I dont normally fry things so I was a bit unease with the whole frying process but anyway it turned out amazing and those balls were very well loved and enjoyed 😉

Liliana
January 17, 2024

Best meatballs ever

I just made this for dinner and it came out delicious I mean it was the best meatballs l ever tasted. So easy and so simple and yet sooooo delicious. Thanks for sharing this.

Adriane T.
October 23, 2023

Tasty!

We don’t eat meat so I used ground beyond meat and it came out delicious! Awesome recipe. Thank you!

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