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seeking 2 lao dishes

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seeking 2 lao dishes

Mary | Jul 29, 1999 02:42 PM

I would love to track down 2 amazing dishes
I ate in northern Laos. I have never had
anything like them elsewhere--can they be
found in NYC?
.
1. A light vegetable stew seasoned with marijuana,
anise and who knows what else. It was unworldly--
highly aromatic, very good, and unlike anything
else I ate in Lao. What WAS this? Ring any bells?
.
2. I might have better luck finding jiao bong
(the closest spelling I can muster), a heavenly,
very hot paste of dried red peppers and smoked
buffalo skin, eaten as a condiment with sticky
rice. It was AMAZING--after having it once, I
went through great lengths to get back to that
town to have more, and would happily do it
again. Any leads?
.
From the posts below on Lao food, prospects look
bleak--are chowhounds ready to concede that all
of NYC has utterly failed us?

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