Spicy Omelette Salad ลาบไข่เจียว
An egg salad like you’ve never seen before! This omelette salad or “laab kai jiew” is something we made at home one day because we didn’t have any meat ready, but eggs are always something we have in the fridge, so we tried something different and it turned out to be delicious! Laab is a salad from northeastern Thailand normally made of ground meat, but Thai omelette works really well instead of meat and it’s very unique too! I lightened the salad a bit with some crunchy cucumber, and loaded it full of fresh herbs. Yummy, healthy, gluten-free and so easy!
For more on the “premium” fish sauce I used: WATCH THE FISH SAUCE 101 VIDEO
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp oyster sauce or fish sauce
- ½ cup mint
- 1 small head shallot, thinly sliced
- 6-7 sprigs cilantro
- 1 green onion
- ¾ cup sliced cucumber
- 2-3 inches lemongrass, thinly sliced
- Roasted chili flakes, or regular chili flakes, to taste (see recipe below)
- 2 Tbsp toasted rice powder (recipe follows)
- 2 tsp fish sauce
- 1 ½ Tbsp lime juice
Toasted Rice Powder
- 2 Tbsp uncooked sticky or jasmine rice
- 2 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
Simply toast the rice and kaffir lime leaves in a dry saute pan over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until the rice is a deep golden brown and the lime leaves are crisp. Transfer to a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder and grind into a powder.
Roasted Chili Flakes
- Thai dried chilies, as much as you want to make (or any other kinds of spicy dried chilies you have)
- 2 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
Preheated the oven to 300°F and bake the chilies and lime leaves for 5-7 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, until they are crisp, darkened, and have a smoky aroma. Cool completely and blitz in a spice grinder until fine, or pound in a mortar and pestle. Be careful not to inhale chili dust, so let the chilies settle in the grinder before opening, and if using a mortar and pestle, cover your mouth with a towel! You can keep it in an airtight container at room temp in the short term (a few weeks), but store in the fridge or freezer for long term storage to prevent mold.
For the omelette:
Beat the eggs with the 1 tsp of oyster sauce or fish sauce with a fork until there are no more egg whites visible.
Using a wok or a non-stick frying pan (8-10 inch) add enough oil to generously coat the bottom and heat over medium heat until hot. Test the oil temp by dropping in a little bit of egg and it should puff up instantly once it hits the oil. Pour the egg mixture in, and just as the edges begin to firm up, quickly push the edges inward to allow the liquid eggs on top to run underneath the first layer (see video for how I do this). This will help the omelette cook more quickly and evenly.
Let the eggs cook over medium heat until the bottom is golden brown and the top is set enough to flip. Then flip the omelette and cook the other side briefly just until the eggs are done, 30 seconds or so.
Using a slotted spatula, transfer the omelette onto a plate. Use a paper towel and dab excess oil off the omelette gently and set aside while you prep the salad.
For the Salad:
Cut or tear the omelette into bite-sized pieces.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the fish sauce and lime juice, and toss to mix well. Drizzle the lime juice over the salad and quickly toss to mix, then drizzle the fish sauce and toss well. Note: It’s important to “drizzle” the fish sauce and lime juice over the bowl rather than just dumping it into one spot because the omelette acts like a sponge and will quickly absorb the dressing. This is also why you wanna toss right after you drizzle so you can distribute the dressing before it soaks into the omelette.
Serve with some jasmine rice and enjoy!