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:
We ordered two.
Mr. B had a need for laap muu:
and I ordered yam naem, a salad of fermented pork with julienned ginger, peanuts and chilies:
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:
Which we ate bones and all. This was followed by plaa nin phao:
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: