Chowhounders met again at Wat Lao Saysettha for the food festival preceding Boun Kao Phunsaa (laotian Buddhist Lent). The space wasn't as elaborately decorated as the times we came before, but the tables were decorated with vases filled with fresh herbs that were both beautiful and flavorful.
We shared a delicious Pho (Fer), Nam Kao (rice salad), and green papaya Salad - all of which I've had there before, The Pho (Fer) was particularly good this time.
New to me was the rice noodle soup (Kao Poonh), spicy broth was made with pork and chicken and contained potatoes, bean sprouts, fermented bamboo shoots, long beans and other bits of vegetables.
Since I had ordered the "Lao hot" version of the papaya salad (and it WAS HOT!), I ordered a Boba (a milky slightly sweet drink with chewy tapioca, much like bubble tea). I got the nutty flavored taro, another in the party ordered the coconut.
Alas, the other hounders had to leave before the deserts were ready. The first desert I tried was a sweetened sticky rice flavored with pandan leaves which gave it a light green color and a slightly herbal taste. After that I ordered banana fritters. These were amazing! Bananas coated in batter and fried perfectly - the batter contained sesame seeds and the nutty, crisp coating on the sweet gooey banana was a wonderful contrast in texture and flavor.
Come join us at our next outing. Keep an eye on the Bay Area Events posts to see when the next one is.