Sabaidee! Welcome to my Lao Kitchen. Cooking, sharing and eating Lao food is my pleasure and passion. I have a passionate love for cooking, sharing and eating Lao food. I have this indescribable joy and excitement when I’m in my kitchen cooking Lao comfort food for my family and friends. I can literally spend all day long (or till the buffalos come home, whichever comes first) preparing a scrumptious feast for my love ones. I am a self-taught homegrown cook still learning and exploring the amazing cuisine of Laos! My style of cooking is to cook with lots of love, patience, understanding, and most importantly, as authentic and traditional to Mae and Pa’s cooking as possible. I’m a savory girl so you won’t see too much sweet posts, but what I cook from my kitchen is from my sweet heart that I have for Lao food and you!
Food is the essence of our existence, and in the Lao culture food is our life. Food doesn’t only nourish our bodies, but it brings hearts together. It transcends all barriers of language, color or creed and unites people of all walks of life. In the Lao culture, food is like the air we breath and each breath and food cannot be wasted. Whether it’s a celebration of life or just the everyday life meals, food is a significant part of my everyday life. That is the kind of food culture I grew up with and hope to share with you.
Lao cuisine is still an obscurity in the Western world, but slowly it’s creating a buzz in the culinary world. Khao niaow or steamed sticky rice is the Lao staple food which is eaten by hand and eaten by more than anyone else in the world. Laab is a famous Lao dish that is a mix of spicy grilled meat or fish combined with fresh herbs, greens and spices. Tam Mak Houng is a popular delectable papaya salad made by pounding shredded green papaya with padaek, peppers and other fresh ingredients.
I think I was born with a never ending hunger for food. My Mae said she never had enough milk on her bosom to satisfy my needs. At about two years old, I couldn’t wait for the khao niaow to finish cooking that I reached into the sticky rice steamer, and the steamer fell on my little body burning my foot. Everyday after school as a little girl, I would come home and make two packs of Mama noodles as my snack. Dinner time was my absolute favorite as I would hover over Mae’s shoulder as her food taster. I delighted in getting to taste everything before the rest of the family did and even happier that Mae trusted my taste bud. Growing up at home I was designated to the the vegetable cutter and dishwasher so I never learned how to cook, until I got married. Without a Lao cookbook, I relied on a spiral Thai cookbook to learn the basics of Southeast Asian cooking. Twenty three years later, I’m still learning the art of Lao cuisine and enjoying every taste of it! I hope you’ll find joy in cooking and creating Lao food to your liking with the recipes I’ll share with you.