My Thai Hubby’s grandma did all the cooking at his house growing up. Most of her meals were what my Thai Hubby calls, country-style Thai food, which means simple, homey Thai food.
Whenever they wanted eat Issan food, which is a type of Thai food that is super spicy, and jam-packed with a million amazing flavors, they would go out to a local restaurant to eat it since his grandma didn’t make that kind of Thai food. Issan-style Thai food was always a special treat for him.
Then my Thai Hubby married me, an American girl who loves Issan food, and decided to learn how to make it.
It’s still a special treat, but instead of eating out with his grandma in Thailand, now we can enjoy it in Austin on our balcony in the fading sunlight with our kiddos laughing and being silly at the table.
My love of Issan food lead to me to learn how to make my favorite Issan dish at home, larb. I love how all the flavors meld together so well: zesty lime, roasted rice powder, spicy Thai chili powder, crisp shallots and refreshing mint.
I already have a recipe for larb on my blog, which I love to make too. But my Thai Hubby loves meatballs, and gave me the idea to make Thai Laarb Meatballs and put them in lettuce wraps. He is brilliant! One of the many reasons I love him.
These are full of flavor, and simple to make! I use the broiling method that I do to make my Thai Basil Meatballs because it’s super fast and they come out crispy on top, like meatballs that are sold in Thailand.
I hope you savor them as much as we do, and feel free to share a pic on Instagram and tag us to show us your amazing Thai Larb Meatball Lettuce Wraps!
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