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: