Thai Mince Pork Salad

I first tried this salad in Thailand, when I took a Thai cooking class. Admittedly, it’s not something I’d probably order if I saw it in the menu. However, from the first bite, I was hooked! I have the recipe in the booklet they gave us, but I was too lazy to look for fennel locally. Luckily, a Thai friend thought to cook some for dinner last weekend. And instead of using fennel, he used cilantro and mint, and added in some ground roasted rice for added texture. It was even better than the one we made in Bangkok!

Mince Pork Salad
Nope, this isn’t my shortcut version

The following day, I trooped to the supermarket to buy ingredients for this easy to make salad. I wasn’t able to buy mint and the Thai fish sauce, but it was still so good with just the cilantro and the local patis.

Thai Mince Pork Salad
250 grams lean ground pork
1 1/2 tsp Thai fish sauce
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional)
1 1/2 tsp lime juice
1 cabbage leaf, chopped
2 tsp coarsely chopped cilantro
2 tsp coarsely chopped mint leaves
1 medium onion, chopped

  1. Bring the water to a boil, and put in the ground pork. Cook until done.
  2. Drain excess water, and mix in the fish sauce, chilli flakes, and lime juice.
  3. Add in the cabbage, cilantro, mint and onion. Mix well.

Rich in flavor yet easy to make. You can see why this is one of my favorites 😉

3 thoughts on “Thai Mince Pork Salad”

  1. Ingredients pa lang, mukhang masarap na. I can just imagine how refreshing this is. I’ll let you know how it turns out when I try it.

  2. Finally! Someone who knows how to cook Thai food! Yey!

    Anyway, I’ve had this really tasty dish called Phad See Eaw at a small restaurant in Ortigas called Thuk Thai back when I was still in college. Me and my friends grew incredibly fond of the dish and since I couldn’t outgrow it, I kinda tried cooking it at my kitchen.

    I couldn’t really get the exact version that thuk thai does. I don’t know if the Hoisin sauce was a big no-no. Uhmmm… could you help me? :p

    here’s my recipe:

  3. Thuk Thai has moved to Tower 2, Rockwell Business Center, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City (between Meralco and Medical City). We deliver!

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