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5 Ingredient Laab Namtok Meatballs Recipe

Love Laab Namtok? Then you’ve got to try these laab namtok meatballs. That’s right, we turned a traditional Thai meat salad into meatballs. The famous Thai dish of Laab Namtok is a popular street food that can be found in most Thai markets. The dish is made with ground pork, fish sauce and a whole range of fresh ingredients which make laab namtok rich with deep flavours. Our laab namtok meatballs aim to achieve the same result with fewer ingredients and a simpler recipe. 

You can enjoy the flavour and aroma of lemongrass, ginger, Thai holy basil, kaffir lime leaves and more Thai herbs and spices in these delicious bite-sized laab namtok meatballs using only 5 ingredients. Seasoned Pioneers’ Thai Seasoning Blend along with the chilli flakes play a key role in recreating the flavour profile of a typical laab namtok salad, while the glutinous rice is essential to also replicate the light, crunchy texture of the original Thai recipe. Enjoy these meatballs with a delicious creamy peanut sauce or light, sweet and sour dipping sauce!

laab namtok meatballs


Optional: Serve with peanut sauce.


  1. Toast the glutinous rice in a clean, dry pan until it’s golden brown on all sides. Leave to cool for a few minutes before grinding down into smaller pieces using a pestle and mortar (or blender) then set aside.
  2. In a bowl add the minced pork, shallots, seasoning mix, chilli flakes, ground sticky rice, a teaspoon of salt and a tablespoon of oil and mix together until well combined. 
  3. Now make roughly 2cm meatballs with the mixture and either fry on a medium heat for 6-7 minutes or cook in the oven at 200°C until well browned. Enjoy as a snack with peanut sauce or serve with rice and other side dishes.

Watch the recipe video:

Please note ingredients such as cooking oil, salt, pepper and water are not included in the 5 ingredients list.

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