Chicken Larp

Chicken Larp

It often causes problems for me when I tell people that I don’t like Thailand. So I won’t say that. It is the same when I discuss my general disinterest with Thai food, likely tied to the abundance of average thai restaurants in my neighbourhood (as well as my disappointed experiences eating in Thailand, sshhh!). I eat Thai food, but it is rare that I get excited about it, which is a shame because I know that it is mind blowing, amazing, I have just never eaten that meal.

To rectify this I recently purchased David Thompson’s hot pink Thai Food tome and am educating myself on how to recreate some Thai wonder at home, because I’m sure as hell not going to find it in Newtown.

My first try, Chicken Larp, was a success! Simple, clean and tasty it hit all the notes that Thai food is supposed to, even more so than a restaurant with Thai pun as a name. My ideas of Thailand are looking a little brighter, maybe a holiday? :)

Chicken Larp

Chicken Larp
Recipe adapted from Thai Food by David Thompson. Original recipe is on page 372.

300g skinless chicken thigh fillet
pinch salt
1 clove garlic

5T chicken stock
1/4t white sugar
1/4t salt
5-6T lime juice
1 birds eye chilli, finely sliced
2T fish sauce
4 -5 red shallots, sliced finely
large handful of picked coriander leaves and same of mint leaves
1T ground roasted rice.

Mince the chicken finely (I was a bit lazy and diced mine instead) and mix with finely sliced garlic and salt.
Heat a frypan/wok and add the stock, salt and sugar. When the stock has heated add the chicken and cook, stirring for a few minutes until just cooked. Obviously cooking time depends on how lazy you were with that mincing.
Remove from heat and stir in lime juice, chilli and fish sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning. The original recipe says: “the salad should taste hot, sour and salty”.
Sprinkle with roasted rice powder and serve with raw vegetables.
We ate ours with a little steamed rice, raw green beans and some lightly sauteed chinese cabbage (not very thai at all!).

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  1. Posted May 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Dish looks nice!

    I’m assuming you live around the City where thai food is quite average ? I agree! If your ever out in the outskirts of Cabramatta/Fairfield you should try the thai food there. It’s a bit different to most places, alot closer to the street type stuff you see in Thailand as the dishes are a bit more pungent and adventerous.

  2. Posted May 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh I’m gonna guess Newtown hee hee cheap uni Thai 😛 Have you tried Longrain?
    Yours looks simple and yummmm ^^!

  3. Posted May 4, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    That looks great. I can’t remember ever eating Thai food. I’ll have to make a point of it and will certainly attempt your recipe.

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  4. Posted May 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Howard: Thanks! Oh I have been to Cabramatta for Vietnamese food, but never for Thai. Pungent and adventurous is what I’m looking for, thanks for the tip! Reading this I just remembered that I did have a few great meals at Chat Thai. Do you have any recommendations?

    FFichiban: Haha, yes Newtown! Cheap and bland. I haven’t been to Longrain, but have heard great things!

    Joanne: Wow, there is Thai food everywhere in Australia, though westernised. It is a really interesting cuisine, though often poorly executed.

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