Two other chowhounds found me at yesterday's Day 1 of the Lao New Year Festival and we shared several items. A few highlights:
My favorite bite of the day was a curried vegetable turnover. The box was marked "Taro" (vs. "Veg" the other choice), so this was a surprise. But with the sfogliatelle-like layers in the fragile pastry, I almost didn't care what the filling was, the crust was that good.
Lao sausage cooked on the outdoor grill is a perpetual winner. This year's version had more chile spice and seemed leaner to me.
Angel wings were overstuffed with a forcemeat green with herbs, spinach and vermicelli.
Kao piek will be made by different teams each day. Saturday's version did not have pork blood. New was the addition of fluffy and very tasty chicken meatballs to this comforting handmade rice noodle soup. Let's see what Sunday brings.
After tracking down some rau ram (don't know what the Laos call this herb), my bowl of pho was soul-satisfying.
From the dessert table, unripe mango and spicy salt. And I took home rice cakes.
Looked at, but didn't buy the bamboo soup. A friend in the know who saw my photo of these dried-smoked fish said I must buy some.
More after Sunday's meet-up with the next wave of chowhounds.