Nam Sad (thai Pork Salad)

Nam Sad (thai Pork Salad)

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  • 3 boneless pork chops, trimmed of fat and ground
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped in 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper, ground
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, slivered
  • 10 stalks cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, roasted and shelled
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 large fancy lettuce leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Nam Pla (Thai fish sauce)
  • 1 serrano chile, chopped fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a skillet, saute the ground pork. Add peanuts when pork is almost cooked, stirring often. When pork is done, drain and discard the liquid. In a glass bowl, combine pork, peanuts and other ingredients except cilantro. Salt to taste. Place lettuce leaves on serving plate and put mixture on lettuce. Garnish with cilantro. Serve while Nam Sad is warm. Using the boneless pork chops allows for a lower fat dish. You may substitute ground pork from the butcher's counter.

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