I happened into Ventiane Asian Grocery on MLK this weekend. This report accurately describes the scene: http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/voraci...
However, since this was published last year, Ventiane has opened a small cafe inside with hot-food selections available (for these items "no food stamps," though). I did not have a chance to try them, but I did take a container of pork meat and skin laab to go, along with some chili sauce, as well as coil of Lao sausage. I have not cooked the sausage yet, but the laab was quite good, as good as what one might get at Vieng Thong.
Will be returning soon to try some of the hot items. Language continues to be an issue, and many of my questions about what the concoctions on display consisted of met with just befuddlement and laughter.
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