Spicy Laab


  • 2 Lbs Ground Pork
  • 1 Large Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 Large Shallot - very thinly sliced
  • 2 Green Onion - chopped
  • 5 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 6 Tablespoons Fish Sauce (we found a wonderful MSG-free one at a local Asian food store)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cayenne (adjust if you want more or less spice)
  • Whole Romaine Leaves, rinsed
  • Chopped Green Onion (for garnish)
  • Sweet Chili Sauce (for garnish - we found some at Market of Choice in the ethnic aisle)


  • Heat oil in a large skillet
  • Brown pork in oil over medium heat until nearly cooked through
  • Add shallot, green onion, bell pepper, cilantro, fish sauce and lime juice and cayenne to pan and mix with meat
  • Simmer on Med/High uncovered until liquid is evaporated. (You'll still have a bid of oil in the bottom of the pan, that's fine)

NOTE:  Yes, Fish Sauce has a foul smell that will make you think of vile things.  Just go with it.  It will cook down and taste delicious!  Trust us.

Serve Laab scooped into Romaine leaves (like a taco) or over rice with chopped cabbage, top with chopped green onion and sweet chili sauce.