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I'd like to share my Lao recipes

Akatonbo | Feb 9, 200603:30 PM

I have quite a few Lao recipes that I got from Lao refugees that my husband and I helped back in 1979-80. I've been cooking them for years, and love them, and I'd love to share them - just for the pleasure of turning someone else on to them. Lao food is a lot like Thai, but with some important differences. Some of my favorites: Kaopuhn Sai Nam, a noodle soup with shredded chicken, flavored with coconut milk, garlic, chilies, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaf and galangal root, served over raw cabbage; Laab Kai, a chopped chicken salad that's a lot like the Thai laab (or larb), but served with a dip of charred chilies and scallions; a chicken congee served with toasted garlic and onions; a fish laab; a duck laab; a sticky rice dessert; etc, etc, etc.

After I learned Lao cooking, I went on to learn Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Although there are plenty of Thai and Vietnamese cookbooks on the market, I have some recipes that I don't see in books, and I'd be happy to share those, too.

My only requirement is that you tell me how each dish turned out and if you liked it or not. I'd love to start a dialogue with someone about these cuisines.

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