laotian christmas feast

Instead of turkey or goose for christmas, we had a laotian-style bbq-feast.

We had grilled pork belly, fish and beef with salad, herbs, kimchi and other veggies.

It was very delicious! 😋

khao koop

Or as Thais say khao tung is a deep-fried crispy rice cake. Ever heard of it? You can eat it with a (spicy) dipping sauce or as side dish or snack. Sometimes it is topped with palm sugar.

kao-koop

To make them, my mom mixes jasmin rice and glutinous rice (1:1) together with a little bit of water and shapes them round. Then she lets them dry in the sun for a while. When the cakes are reeeaaally dry, you can store them or deep-fry them to eat.

It is a nice alternative to shrimp chips or popcorn. 🙂

carrot salad

If you like Thai or Lao food, you probably have tried ส้มตำ green papaya salad before. If you didn’t, go to the next Thai restaurant and try it!

It is a salad with slivered green papaya (not ripe yet), tomatos and roasted peanuts. Some recipes add dried shrimps, some crabs and other add green long beans. You can vary the recipe and use carrot or cucumber instead of green papaya – or mix it altogether.

I like making Thai/Lao carrot salad. Carrots are way easier to find and cheaper. It also taste verrrry delicious.

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When I make carrot salad, I don’t use a certain recipe or exactly measured ingredients. I just mix everything together and adjust it to my taste. The main ingredients are:

slivered carrot or green papaya
tomatos
garlic cloves
sugar
fish sauce
lemon or lime juice
chili
optional: cucumber, roasted peanuts, dried shrimps, green long bean

I pound the garlic clove with sugar in a ครก Thai mortar, add fishsauce and lemon juice, mix it well and taste it. If the mixture is good, I add the rest of the ingredients. Yumm!

As you can see at the picture, I am so fond of carrots that I have a carrot-plushie. 😀