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Christmas Dinner

Posted date:  December 25, 2006
6 Comments


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No turkey, no fruitcake, no eggnog; this year’s Christmas dinner was taken with friends at Paa Uap. Isaan food in plastic chairs by the side of the road–how less Christmas can you get?

Vongdeun ordered tam taeng, a dish identical som tam, but employing strips of crispy cucumber rather than the normal green papaya:

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We ordered two.

Mr. B had a need for laap muu:

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and I ordered yam naem, a salad of fermented pork with julienned ginger, peanuts and chilies:

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But this is a freshwater fish restaurant, and the best dishes are of the piscine variety. We had tiny plaa nuea on deep-fried with copious garlic:

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Which we ate bones and all. This was followed by plaa nin phao:

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A Mekong River fish stuffed with lemongrass, coated with salt and grilled over coals. Delish.

And this being Christmas there was, of course, sticky rice:

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6 Comments for Christmas Dinner


I have never seen the words “piscene” and “julliened” used in the same article before.

Too bad I barely got to taste the grilled fish since it was on YOUR side of the table. At least I got to eat the laarp mu.

Funny Christmas sarcasm. We always eat sticky rice on Christmas, don’t you?

HOw did you possibly find a semi-normal picture of Lilah? YOu forgot to mention the popcorn.

It’s called strategic eating, buddy.

Your family doesn’t have the traditional katip of sticky rice?

Austin

Ahhhh, you are making me hungry again…

This year I talked my folks into abandoning the traditional Finnish beet salad and ham (yech!) and they came over for yam woon sen, laarb pet, pomelo salad, gai hor bai toey and, yes, sticky rice! So even in Paris, sticky rice is “de rigueur”!

Happy Stickyricemas!

Maia

Hey Austin. I’m back in Thailand again and have gone through your entire blog for ideas on what to eat and where to try it so just let me say thanks for doing such a terrific job with your blog, such great photos and descriptions. I’m in Sri Racha now but next week in Bangkok. I’m going to blog some of my food adventures, here’s the first:

http://laowai.blogspot.com/2006/12/first-nights-dinner.html

P.S. Hoping to win your Bangkok food tour from the Menu For Hope.

Sawadee pee mai khun Austin

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