On the menu this weekend is Larb, a Northern Thai dish that comes from the Isan people of the region. This area is up on the boarder to Laos, and the Isan people share many things in common with Laotians. Larb is one of them, a simple herby, spicy salad that is a fresh mix of blanched minced meat with mint, spring onions, chilli, toasted sticky rice powder for crunch, and a tangy dressing.

It has become an iconic Thai dish that speaks to a range of palettes thanks to its great flexibility to be adjusted to your own taste. Here we break it down for you newbies out there on a throw back episode of Ponytail Journal’s Tastiest Life Possible to inspire you to entertain tonight.