I admire people who eat a hard-core salad and keep smiling. If I have to eat something like that – lettuce, lettuce, onion, one cherry tomato – I get cranky. It feels ‘rabbit’ to chew on such a salad. But larb or laap, well, that’s an entirely different story. While travelling through Laos and Thailand I ate this salad very often. There are numerous variations on the larb theme. You’ll find larb with meat – beef, chicken, duck, water buffalo – but also with fish or mushrooms. No matter what version you eat, this salad is always light, healthy and full of flavour. My favorite larb address in Amsterdam: Kinnaree, a stylish Thai restaurant and takeaway. I always order laap ped, a spicy combination of minced duck, cilantro, lemon juice, mint, red onion, garlic and lettuce. It takes the cook about ten minutes to make it. Not that’s a drag to wait longer. It’s always nice to have a chat here, for example about the benefits of durian, the King of Fruits. In Asia larb is eaten as a side dish, but I like to serve it as a starter, followed by a curry with tofu and mango for dessert.
Laap ped, one portion, €14.50
Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 14, City Centre (Jordaan)
+31 (0) 20 627 71 53
Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 5.30pm-10.00pm, Friday-Saturday 5.30pm-10.30pm