Pork Larb & Cabbage

Ground pork and cabbage are combined with flavors inspired by one of our favorite dishes often found on Thai restaurant menus; Larb (pronounced “Lob”). The dish is a meat salad served with cabbage. It has flavors of lime, ginger, lemongrass, Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Instead of serving the cabbage raw with the meat, we shred the cabbage and cook it in the pork fat.

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We made larb three times this week. That’s how good it is.

  • 1 lb Ground Pork
  • 1 head of shredded cabbage
  • 1 red onion sliced long
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic or garlic paste
  • 1 inch chopped Ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 TBSP Lemongrass paste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 TBSP Fish Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Coco Aminos
  • 2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Thai Chili peppers or similar for heat
  • Fresh Basil Chopped
  • Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • Fresh Mint
  • Fresh Chives or Scallions (Green Onion)
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Sesame Seeds

Directions

  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a wok. Set aside.
  2. In the same wok, brown the meat on its own or in a tbsp of bacon fat.
  3. After browning remove from pan and set cooked pork aside.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon bacon fat back to the wok you prepared the pork in.
  5. Add onions, garlic, ginger and stir fry for 3 minutes.
  6. Add chilies, Ginger to the Bacon fat. Stir-fry for 3 minutes.
  7. Add fish sauce, Coco aminos, vinegar cook for 2 more minutes.
  8. Add cabbage. Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes tossing occasionally.
  9. Add back the pork and toss to combine. Adjust salt and pepper seasonings.

At the time of serving toss in fresh basil, mint, cilantro, lime juice and chives or scallions.

Our Plates

Notes

This dish contains onions, garlic, ginger, chives which some prefer to limit on keto. Because we were making a large portion and like the simplicity we went ahead and used up a whole red onion with no regrets because onions are also an anti-inflammation food, so there is a balance where we allow veggie based carbs when they provide other health benefits. The same goes with the ginger and garlic. However, recognizing that some people are doing Keto for medical purposes, please adjust/omit ingredients in this recipe to align with your way of keto.

Tips & Tricks

Many of the ingredients can be prepped beforehand. Many grocery stores also offer pre-cut ingredients to shorten prep time. Here are some options to make this dish quick! Although we always strive to go as clean as possible, there are times when you have to hit the easy button.

Cabbage – We shred our cabbage on a mandolin at 1/8″ thickness. 
Easy Button – Use pre-shredded cole slaw mix (organic red and green cabbage and organic carrots with no dressing) located near the prepackaged salads

Red Onion – Sliced long
Easy Button – Precut onions

Garlic Paste & Ginger Paste instead of Fresh – Beware of ingredients in these pastes. Although they are great to have on hand, many come with ingredients such as maltodextrin, dextrose, etc that are not keto and can be harmful to those who are sensitive to these ingredients. Check lables and go for the ones that do not contain these. Xanthum Gum is a keto approved ingredient and gives pastes and sauces a smooth texture. 

Coco Aminos – Soy Sauce Replacement – Please be sure to check the ingredients. Here is a brand we like

Fish Sauce – Used in many Asian cuisines, there are many varieties of Fish sauce. Please be sure to check the ingredients as some contain 
maltodextrin, dextrose, and even MSG. Go for one that has Anchovies, water, sea salt

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