Toasted rice with Thaipork

Toasted rice with Thaipork

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Posh Rice
Serves
4-6
Prep
30 mins

Despite many variations, this Lao and Thai salad should always feature ground toasted rice. Make sure you don’t cook the pork for too long – it should still be juicy. Serve with some sticky rice to make it more substantial.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 1/2 tablespoons thai sticky rice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
500g pork mince
3 banana shallots, finely chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 lime, zest and juice, extra lime wedges to serve
1/2 heaped teaspoon chilli flakes, roughly crushed, plus extra to serve
1/2 small bunch thai basil, picked leaves
1/2 small bunch coriander, picked leaves
handful mint leaves
salt
freshly ground black pepper

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
1 iceberg lettuce, split into leaves
1/4 cucumber, quartered lengthways then sliced

Method

  1. Heat a large frying pan, tip in the rice and toast for 5– 6 minutes until golden brown, shaking every so often. Tip the rice into a pestle and mortar or spice grinder and grind to a powder, then set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in the pan over a high heat. Add the pork mince and fry for 8 –10 minutes until browned and just starting to caramelise – any liquid should have evaporated but the meat should still be juicy and cooked through. Turn off the heat, add the shallots to the pan and stir, then tip the mixture into a bowl.
  3. Combine the fish sauce, remaining sesame oil, sugar and lime zest and juice in a small bowl. Add this to the pork whilst still warm along with the chilli flakes and half the ground rice, and leave to cool. Stir through most of the herbs, taste and season. Serve the mince with a pile of lettuce leaves and bowls of the cucumber slices, remaining herbs, ground rice, chilli flakes and lime wedges, and let everyone help themselves.
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