Besides cooking at home, my sister and me were also eating out. For example, we went to a modern Vietnamese restaurant which is owned by two sisters (could be my sister and me if we would be living in same city). They keep the menu small (approx. 5 dishes) and vary it daily (I think). I like that they also keep the serving amount limited. We went there in the late afternoon and three dishes were already out. On one hand, it’s too bad that you can’t try those dishes anymore but on the other hand, there is less leftovers and waste of food.
I had a spicy Vietnamese papaya salad with deep-fried fish on rice, my sister had curry-lemongrass-chicken with peanuts on rice. Both dishes were really tasty. The papaya salad tasted different from the Lao-style papaya (or carrot) salad we make at home but it was also good!
I don’t really know how to write the name of this Lao noodle soup correctly but we call it “khao piak sen”. Literally translated, it means something like “wet rice stripes “. XD
It is a noodlesoup made from a chicken broth and thick udon-like, chewy noodles consisting of tapioca and rice flour. It is a simple dish, great for cold days.
I have to admit, this dish is not my favorite. Last time my sister and me went home, my mom made them since my sister was craving for them. As a yummy alternative, we also made ramen-like noodles which can be eaten with chicken broth, too. Or with a soy sauce and dark Chinese rice vinegar mixture – my favorite.
It’s November now, the weather is getting colder. But even with snow laying outside, you still have a nice barbeque at home. My parents have an electric grill to table use. It works a bit different than normal bbqs.
We put lots of vegetables such as mushrooms, green beans, bell pepper, onions, white cabbage, zucchini as well as sliced chicken and beef on the buttered grill. Is the meat or the veggies done, we dip it in nước chấm before eating. Or: we put it on a lettuce leaf together with rice noodles, cucumber, tomato, put some nước chấm on it and shove it into the mouth. Yumm!
It is so much fun eating with your hands. And this kind of bbq is healthy and fresh.