what's for dinner? food from Northern Laos

Last week, I mentioned I had been learning to cook some Lao dishes the Lao way: outside over a fire. Here are some pictures of what we made.  Before getting started, we went to the market to gather the necessary tools and equipment.  (these are definitely not the technical terms!)2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-19Even though some of this could be done on a gas stove, my friend insisted it would taste better if made over a fire.
2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa CrossettOur first meal we made was grilled fish with stir fried greens.

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The first was a roasted eggplant jeow.2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-8 2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-9 2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-12 2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-11 2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-10

The second was a spicy tomato jeow, which I learned is considered the “regular” jeow.

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This one was so delicious and addictive.  I saved the leftovers and ate it on a variety of dishes.

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And,  finally after over 4 years of living in southeast Asia, I learned how to make sticky rice.  I also got to practice my fire-making skills.  I could use a bit of work in that department, but I did manage to get a fire going.2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-15

And lastly, we made a basic chicken/veggie stir fry.

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The most interesting ingredient in the stir fry was vines growing on my fence!  I didn’t even know they were food.2014-05-02 food from Northern Laos by Melissa Crossett-2-2

Everything we made turned out delicious, and cooking it over a fire definitely adds a dimension of flavor.  However, I’ll probably stick to cooking my food indoors on a gas stove when I’m on my own.  I love that most traditional Lao food is all very healthy and paleo, although I know some Paleos do avoid rice as well.

What did you make for dinner this week?

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