Chowhounds gathered again yesterday at Wat Lao Saysettha for the Boun Kao Saluk (honoring ancestors and the full moon) fundraising food sale.
New on the menu was Red Curry Soup with fresh garden picked Kobacha, over rice - the red curry and coconut broth was very subtle and let the flavor of the other ingredients shine.
Also on the menu were dishes we had sampled before
Noodle Soup (pho with Lao flavor)
Laarb beef (Beef salad) - last time I had the beef raw, this time medium rare, they are both delicious
Nam Kao (traditional Lao Rice Salad w/ lots of herbs and spices)
Grilled Chicken with herb seasonings (they had both drumsticks and wings this time - I like the wings better, they seem to absorb more of the marinade.)
Although I've had most of these dishes before it is fascinating to see the variations depending on the cook and the season.
It was great to see fellow hounds - Chowhounders are such fun people! And it's always a delight to be with the people of the Lao Buddhist community.
If you are interested in joining us at next time at Wat Lao Saysettha make sure you sign up for the North Bay chowdown distribution list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nbchowdown or one of the other SF bay area chowdown distribution lists. Melanie, can you provide a link to those lists?
It looks like there will be another food sale in early November. I was told that they will offer at least one new dish for each event and may even sell some of their fresh home-made rice noodles to take home. See http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/867904 for more information on those incredible noodles and our previous chowdown.
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