I have done it! I have befriended a family of restaurant owners who are operating a Thai restaurant in Cincinnati. In asking about the family, I learned that they are Lao and that they would like nothing more than to make me traditional meals as long as I remember to call ahead. The first visit I settled for Larb Gai, CHOKED with bird's eye chilies since that was all they had on hand. Today, the family saved me a portion of their lunch of ock gai (?), a stew of pork ribs, banana blossom, thai eggplant and astringent herbs. I am delighted!
A little help if you please; can you offer suggestions of other foods that I should ask after? The plan at the moment is to just defer to the cook but I would like to do one better. Anyone have ideas? Anything goes.
While I am at it, is there a Lao equivalent to Cambodian Prahok ktis? It's a curry of ground pork and lots of fish sauce. I would love to ask them about it but I had trouble today explaining myself.