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! 😋

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. 😀

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.