Lab is one of the essential Lao and Thai dishes. Also known as larb or laap. It is a type ofmeat salad made with chicken, beef or pork tossed with herbs and fish sauce. Growing up,we had lab quite often. There’s different variations of lab. One of my favorites is lab namtook which translates to waterfall beef.
Lab nam took is made with grilled, broiled, or seared beef. It’s pretty easy to make.
Start by making marinating the beef with oyster sauce, fish sauce, garlic, and lemon grass. I am using tenderloin but any beef will work. Set aside.
Next make the dressing. Boil sugar and water for about 15 mins on medium heat and remove from heat. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Season to taste. I prefer mine a nice combination of salt, sweet, and sour. Set aside to cool.
Now move on to the beef. It’s pretty good grilled or broiled. I like to pan sear my beef first. Add some oil to a pan and add beef. Sear on all sides until brown.
Next prepare the vegetables.