Kao Yum Gai Sab – Yummy Crispy Fried Chicken with Laab

What Is Kao Yum Gai Sab?

This is another spicy laab dish from Thailand. We call it Crispy Fried Chicken in Laab. Or Laab Crispy Fried Chicken, up to you. Also up to you is how you attempt to spell it in English as there are at least different spellings – Laab, Larp, Larb, Laab, Laap, Lap, Lahp, and Lahb!

To be honest, Lahp sounds most like it, but more Thai food blogs are using Laab, so that’s what we’ll use. We know the Thai for it anyway!


Sab means sour and spicy.

Preparation for Yummy Crispy Fried Chicken Laab

Group 1

  • Chicken Breast – 7-10 sliced
  • Rice Flour – All-purpose white flour. We use rice flour, you can use that or wheat flour.
  • White Pepper – 1 tbsp. of finely ground pepper powder.
  • Egg – 1 beaten to mush!
  • Vegetable Oil

Group 2

  • Shallots – 2 tbsp. of sliced.
  • Coriander and Scallion – 2 tbsp. sliced.
  • Chili Powder – 1 tsp.
  • Fish Sauce – 2 tbsp.
  • Lime Juice – 2 tbsp. lime or lemon juice. Fresh is best, but OK if from a bottle.
  • Thai Jasmine Rice – 1 tbsp. roasted and crushed, uncooked rice.
  • Sugar – 1 tsp. white or brown sugar (optional). If I cook for my family, I don’t use any.
  • Mint Leaves – 5-10
Closeup of Kanom Yum Gai Sab - crispy fried chicken with laab spices.
The spices of Laab look subtle, but it makes a flavor explosion in your mouth! In Thailand, we have many kinds of Laab. All of them delicious IMO!

Crispy Fried Chicken Laab Cooking Instructions

1. Soak the chicken in some salted water for 10-20 minutes. Then remove and dry the chicken well with a paper towel.

2. Dip the chicken in the egg that you already beat (Use a spoon to beat it and decrease the bubbles as much as possible. After that drop the chicken into flour. Then, drop it into the egg again. Last, drop it in the flour for the second time. Do this piece by piece.

The first thing is to fry the chicken. There is no right portion to prepare the tempura flour as all-purpose flour would give the best result. You will only need to mix the flour with white pepper powder, add more or less in the way you like it.

3. Now, turn on the pan with maximum heat. Add a lot of vegetable oil (or just enough to soak the whole piece of chicken). When the pan and vegetable oil are really hot, drop the chicken in and lower the burner down to minimum heat. Fry the chicken until the flour turns gold then remove it from the pan.

4. Next, add fried chicken to a big bowl. Add shallot, sliced coriander and scallion, and mint.

5. In a different bowl, add fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, roasted and crushed uncooked rice, and chili powder. Now pour it in a bowl of fried chicken. Mix quickly and arrange on a plate.

6. Serve it with hot Thai Jasmine rice and sliced tomatoes for the best presentation and experience.

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