Laotian Food – STUNNING LAO FISH SALAD | Village Cooking in Laos!

Laotian Food - STUNNING LAO FISH SALAD | Village Cooking in Laos!
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During my trip to Vientiane, we decided to take a day trip to a small village called Ban Hatkai located right on the outskirts of Phou Khao Khouay National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area in Laos. The main goal of the trip was to visit the village and especially learn about local Lao Lum food (ລາວລຸ່ມ)

It was about a 2 hour drive to get there, and we stopped a few minutes outside of Vientiane first to visit a market and buy some ingredients. But the best thing about markets is that there’s always also some pre-cooked food available – and for breakfast in Laos, that means sticky rice and grilled meat! We got some quail and grilled dried buffalo lungs, both of which were delicious.

Ban Hatkhai – Ban Hatkai is a beautiful quiet village, and we arrived to the home, a beautiful wooden Laos traditional home. She immediately got started cooking, chopping all the vegetables and herbs, and steaming the sticky rice.

Koi paa – Lao fish mixed dish – For me this was the highlight of our meal. The fish was sliced thin, flash blanched, mixed with all sorts of fresh herbs, and toasted sticky rice powder, and seasoned with fish sauce.

Jaew – Any type of Lao dip – She made both an eggplant and a tomato jaew, both of which were delicious to eat with vegetables.

The best part of this meal and Lao food experience was all of us sitting down to eat together, sitting around a colorful spread of Lao food. The food was heavy on the vegetables and herbs, nutritious, and delicious.

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  1. I love Laos food more than any other!!
    So natural & spicy & tasty ❤️?

    Btw Mark did you even save any food for the other people?? ?

  2. Great video Mark, enjoyed it very much. I see as much sticky rice that is eaten it seems to be the filler of each meal. Tks so much for sharing

  3. Please stop putting your friend in the video. He annoys me in your videos. I prefer you, your wife son and other local food tour guide. Your friend has bad expression too food loving

  4. All the food you eat is what we eat my grandma carries the tradition and it’s our favorite meal of all time great video ! Glad to see u enjoy our kind of food ?

  5. Correct me if I'm wrong, but one of the reasons why there is so much depth of flavor in these dishes is because it was cooked with wood. It has a signature that can't be replicated with charcoal fire or gas flame.

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