khao piak sen

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.

khao piak sen

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.

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I ate this for two days straight! 🙂

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lao-style bbq

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.

lao-bbq

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.

 

laotian comfort food

Yesterday my friend and me were making Laotian (Thai) comfort food: sticky rice with lab moo ลาบหมู (spicy pork salad) and tam carrot ส้มตำ (spicy carrot salad). Yummy yummy!

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Tam (or Som Tam) is originally made with green papaya but tastes great with carrot or cucumber, too.

Lab can be make with beef or pork steak, minced meat, chicken or duck.

My mom made it with beef steak last time:

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