Menu: Laos

Considering I knew nothing about Laos prior to this Adventure, there was quite a bit of excitement this week. The more I read about the food the more butterflies I got. Delicious. Warming. Fresh. But when I shut the books the butterflies kept coming. I thought perhaps it was because we’ve had two earthquakes in 2 days. Or because during the second earthquake we had a tornado warning. And then I realized it is because Keith is going to be a grandfather And by extension, me too – in a stepmotherly sort of way. Oh goodness. And the world keeps on turning. Or is it… as the world turns…

What sounds good to you?*

Jeow [Recipe]
Laos’ answer to salsa. Spicy, roasted, and fingerlicking good. Instead of corn chips, however, enjoy Jeow with a happy handful of sticky, sticky rice.

Sticky, Sticky Rice [Recipe]
Glutinous rice is the staple of Laos. This short-grained rice is soaked overnight then steamed in a wicker basket or bamboo steamer. Because the grains stick together, the rice is typically pressed into balls and eaten by hand.

Laotian Rice Noodle Soup (F0e)  [Recipe]
Fragrant broth with rice noodles, beef, and a mountain of fresh herbs and toppings including lettuce, mint, basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, lime wedges, tomatoes, fish sauce and more.

Golden Coconut Dream  [Recipe]
A simple dessert made with sticky rice, coconut milk, brown sugar and sweet, golden mangoes.

*All recipes and the meal review will be posted by Monday morning.


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    Yum to all. Sorry to hear about your earthquakes and tornado warnings- that’s a lot to deal with. But congratulation on the almost new addition to your family!

    • Sasha Martin says

      Yes, it’s been quite the disaster zone around here (thankfully no damage done). And thank you!

    • Sasha Martin says

      We’re heading into the time of year when we need as much of this as possible… the onslaught of sweets starts with Halloween and doesn’t end til Valentine’s Day 🙂

  2. We live in an area with a lot of Hmong (Laotian) refugees. Unfortunately for me many of their dishes include pork however the things i have been able to try I’ve really enjoyed!

    • honestly…she looks tired and like she is working overtime and with diligent relentless attention to detail……

  3. Lanetta Martin (grandma martin to AVA) says

    Dipping rice instead of chips is such a good idea! Also, Grandpa and I love rice! Adding your own veggies is also a super idea, because everybody likes different veggies and different combinations. Keith didn’t get exposed to much Asian food as a child because his Dad wouldn’t try it. The original Mr. Picky, was Ricky. . We are so proud of you for exposing Keith to all these different foods. Your next challenge could be to get Andrew on the bandwagon. Maybe he and Alexis (eventually adding Kaidan) can join you when you present your global table adventure. ( New idea–Ava and Kaidan eating _______ )

    • Sasha Martin says

      We’ll have to make it again for you – you’ll get a kick out of it. I’ve tried with Andrew and there’s not many countries that eat only plain rice and chicken. He needs a special touch and I think he (and Kaiden) are in great hands with Alexis. If anything/anyone will inspire Andrew and Kaiden’s eating habits, it’s her. She is full of love and good energy and will take them both on many Adventures, if they are open to it.

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