Easy Enoki Mushroom Larb Recipe (Laab Hed)

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Enoki mushroom larb recipe is THE BEST easy Thai salad you’ll ever make! With a spicy and sour dressing, this plant-based dish is perfect for a quick dinner or a healthy lunch.

Mushroom larb salad in a clay dish, garnished with fresh herbs and spices, set on a bamboo background.

Hungry for more? Check out my authentic Thai pork larb, easy larb gai salad, rich larb ped recipe, and crispy fried chicken larb!

What is mushroom larb

Mushroom larb is a healthy twist on the classic Thai ground meat salad. Packed with tangy and spicy notes from herbs, lime, and fish sauce, it can be made with various mushrooms like enoki, button, oyster, or shiitake for a light, low-carb meal.

Enoki mushroom larb

Lao and Northeastern Thailand’s Isan region is where larb salads are a staple. My spicy mushroom larb salad is a unique version, with a blend of tradition and mushrooms.

Smiling Thai woman enjoying a fresh enoki mushroom larb salad, using wooden chopsticks, with a backdrop of dried grasses.

Thai and Lao cuisines both have lots of meat salad variations, from pork and duck to even raw beef. This version combines meat and plant-based.

Good to know: vegetarians can simply omit the pork.

Close-up of enoki mushroom larb salad in a clay bowl with fresh garnishes, set against a rustic backdrop.

Believe me, it’s not just any Asian mushroom salad. It’s the best one I’ve ever had!

It’s a mix of age-old tradition and some tasty enoki mushrooms.

With a combination of saucy, spicy, tangy, and earthy in one bite, no one can resist this Thai salad.

Close-up of spicy enoki salad in a clay bowl.

The chewy texture of the enoki mushrooms and their mild taste perfectly complement the dressing. So easy and so good!

Adapting to vegetarian larb

I made this larb recipe with a combination of some tasty pork and enoki mushrooms.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can just omit the pork.

It’s that easy, this recipe is super adaptable! And going vegetarian doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.

Tips for adapting to vegetarian salad

  • Double up on the mushrooms. If you’re omitting the pork, you can simply double up on the mushrooms for more texture and flavor.
  • Switch up the mushrooms. Feel free to switch out the enoki for shiitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, or other Asian mushrooms. For extra flavor, roast the mushrooms.
  • Use a vegan fish sauce.
  • Add extra protein. You can simply add tofu or tempeh for extra nutrition.
  • Taste test. The pork adds its own flavor, so you may want to taste test and adjust seasonings if needed before serving.

Ingredients

For the exact measurements, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post.

Recipe ingredients on a bamboo setting: Shallots, white sugar, coriander, culantro, mint, fish sauce, enoki mushrooms, lime, dried chili flakes, minced pork, and toasted rice powder.
  • Minced pork – Pork is the classic larb base, but feel free to switch it up with other protein like chicken or beef.
  • Enoki mushrooms – These slender mushrooms bring a crunch and a chew, it’s a texture that goes great with the other ingredients.
  • Fish sauce – Look for a high quality fish sauce like the red boat brand. For plant-based salad lovers, a vegan fish sauce can be found at Asian grocery stores.
  • Toasted rice powder – Toasted rice powder brings a nutty aroma and a depth of flavor. You can make it yourself or get it at specialised Asian supermarkets. Toasted rice powder or khao kua is made by toasting raw glutinous rice until golden, then grinding it into a coarse powder.
  • Thai chili flakes – Not a fan of spicy food? No problem. Just reduce the amount of chili flakes or omit them entirely. To make it spicier, toss in extra chili flakes or pounded fresh chilies.
  • White sugar – A touch of sweetness is needed to round out the bold, spicy flavors.
  • Coriander, mint, culantro – Culantro can be substituted for cilantro. Don’t skip the herbs, they add freshness to larb.
  • Lime, shallots – Fresh is best, avoid bottled lime juice. The shallots bring a subtle sweetness.

Short recipe video

How to make Thai mushroom salad

Cooking this dish is easy. First, we’ll cook the pork and enoki mushrooms. Then, it’s as easy as tossing everything into a big bowl and giving it a good mix.

Total Time: 15 minutes

  1. Cook enoki mushrooms

    Cut off the roots of the mushrooms and rinse them under running cold water. Boil the enoki mushrooms in a pan or pot for just 1–2 minutes. They should get a bit tender, but still keep their bite. Once done, drain them in a sieve.Enoki mushrooms on top of a sieve in a clay pot.

  2. Cook pork

    Cook the ground pork until it’s fully done, then toss it into the same sieve to let it drain.Cooking pork meat in a large aluminum wok.

  3. Toss the enoki salad

    In a big mixing bowl, toss all ingredients. Toss the pork, mushrooms, fish sauce, sugar, toasted rice powder, red chili flakes, all the herbs, shallots, and squeeze in fresh lime juice. Gently mix, and serve immediately.Mixing enoki mushroom larb salad with both my hands and a wooden fork and spoon, in a clay bowl on top of a bamboo serving tray that has flowers in it.

Looking for more Thai salad recipes? Try this beefy yum nua, the spicy seafood salad yum talay, or this lemongrass Thai pork salad.

Kitchen tools

  • Cutting board & chef’s knife
  • Measuring spoons & cups
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sieve or colander: For draining.
  • Pot or pan: For boiling the pork and mushrooms.

How to serve enoki salad

In Isan, we pair most of our salads with some sticky rice. Additionally, you can add fresh vegetables like some thinly sliced cucumber of Thai eggplants.

Optional side dishes

To serve with other Thai food, try one of these recipes:

How to store laab hed

Store the leftovers of this enoki mushroom larb recipe in an airtight container. Keep leftover laab hed in the fridge, and your salad will stay fresh for about 2–3 days.

Note: The longer it sits, the more soggy the enoki will be. I recommend eating everything in one go.

Frequently asked questions

How to eat larb?

Traditionally, larb is eaten with a side of sticky rice and sometimes steamed jasmine rice. You can wrap the larb in fresh lettuce or cabbage leaves for a twist. Spoon the larb into the leaf, roll it up, and eat it for a low-carb bite.

Can I roast the mushrooms?

You can roast the mushrooms in your oven instead of steaming them like I did in this recipe. Roast until golden, but don’t flavor them, the flavor in this salad comes from the seasonings.

What does this mushroom salad taste like?

Expect a savory, refreshing, and tangy taste. The mushrooms add a unique crunch that you won’t find in any other kind of larb salads.

Where to buy enoki mushrooms?

You can buy enoki mushrooms at most Asian grocery stores and at well-stocked supermarkets in the fresh produce section. Alternatively, you can find them online at retailers that specialize in Asian ingredients.

What are enoki mushrooms?

Enoki mushrooms are small, long-stemmed fungi known for their mild flavor and crunchy texture. Commonly used in Southeast Asian cuisines, they go great in soups, salads, and stir-fries.

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Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 15 mins
Servings: 2 Calories: 214

Description

This delicious enoki mushroom larb salad is packed with protein and full of flavor, and it makes a tasty and easy lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut off the roots of the mushrooms and rinse them under running cold water. Boil the enoki mushrooms in a pan or pot for just 1–2 minutes. They should get a bit tender, but still keep their bite. Once done, drain them in a sieve.

  2. Cook the ground pork until it's fully done, then toss it into the same sieve to let it drain.

  3. In a big mixing bowl, toss all ingredients. Toss the pork, mushrooms, fish sauce, sugar, toasted rice powder, red chili flakes, all the herbs, shallots, and squeeze in fresh lime juice. Gently mix, and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 2


Amount Per Serving
Calories 214kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.8g5%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Total Carbohydrate 25.6g9%
Dietary Fiber 5.4g22%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 21.8g44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Note

  • Use the nutrition card in this recipe as a guideline.
  • Don't overcook the pork.
  • Adjust the red chili flakes to your spice level.
  • Serve on its own, or pair with sticky rice or other side-dishes.
  • You can make toasted rice powder yourself, or get it at an Asian grocery store.

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Praew

I owned my own Thai restaurant and have years of experience in various other Thai restaurants. I've been whipping up classic Thai dishes by my mother's and grandma's side since I was just a little girl. Now I'm sharing my deep-rooted passion with my authentic Thai recipes on this food blog.

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