Larb Pla Duk (Thai Catfish Salad)

By Mark Wiens

Larb Pla Duk ลาบปลาดุก

Spicy Catfish Salad

Larb Pla Duk

Larb Pla Duk ลาบปลาดุก



Larb Pla Duk ลาบปลาดุก


Thai Catfish Salad


lâap bplaa-dùk


Larb pla duk is a dish I seek out to find and eat almost every other day while living in Bangkok.  The catfish is grilled over burning coals to become smoky yet still remain firm and flaky.  The fish is de-boned and mixed with the normal larb ingredients to form a mouthwatering spicy combination fish salad.  It goes superbly well with either sticky rice or normal rice.

Main Ingredients

  • Catfish
  • Red chili flakes
  • Toasted rice flakes
  • Mint
  • Onions
  • Lime juice
  • Fish sauce
  • Green onions

Where to Eat

Most Isaan restaurants around Thailand.  If you see a street cart of restaurant serving som tam (papaya salad) along with grilled catfish, the vendor will be able to make it for you.

Recipes / Information

Larb pla duk can be made with the same recipe as normal pork larb, just exchange the minced pork with de-boned catfish.

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