Larb is a Laotian or Northeastern Thai dish of finely chopped meat or fish, flavoured with fish sauce, lime juice, chili and fresh herbs such as mint. The meat can be cooked or raw, and is commonly chicken, pork, duck, beef or catfish. The dish is usually served with sticky rice and a plate of fresh herbs and vegetables.
Larb is commonly ordered along with other Isan dishes such as grilled chicken, som tum and num tok - a dish similar to larb but using bite-size pieces of meat rather than minced meat. Koi is another similar dish but using raw meat or fish as the main ingredient. Larb is considered the national dish of Laos but is eaten by more people in the Isan region of Thailand. Photo : http://www.istockphoto.com/