Lao

Jaew bong ribs & cucumber salad

Spare ribs marinated in jaew bong (Lao chili paste of garlic, chilies, galangal, pork skin, fish sauce, and about a hundred more ingredients), cucumber salad (thinly-sliced cucumber, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and chilies), rice that I made with too much water (dear god, please don't tell my mom), and iced Kona coffee from a can. 

I'm not going to write a proper recipe, but I will give you this: 

  1. Ribs were cooked at 350°F - 30 minutes one side, 30 minutes other side. 
  2. UCC Hawaiian Kona coffee with milk, purchased from H Mart.
  3. One of these days I'll write about the tried & true trick of cooking rice by the knuckle method. Apparently I didn't do it right today. I've brought so much dishonor upon my family, despite the rice being mushy and delicious.  

I made too much if anyone wants to come over. That, or I'm set for the next few days. I'm also trying to post more often, in case you're wondering why I may post in rapid-fire succession. 

Sok di pi mai! Happy Lao New Year!

So much fun celebrating the new year of my people with my favorite people! Fresh-pressed sugar cane juice with whisky (hot damn), Lao/Thai coconut pancakes (kanom kok), sai oua and papaya salad - so. many. yummies. I hadn't been to the Wat Lao in almost four years, it was great to visit for the new year festival. Can't wait until next year! 

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