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Tamarind Cooking School in Luang Prabang

A couple of weeks ago, we went to Luang Prabang with my mom and brother who were visiting.  While we were there, James decided to attend a cooking school.  The rest of us went to visit the old royal palace, but got to hear all about the cooking school later.  There are at least 3 cooking school in Luang Prabang, but James chose “Tamarind” because it seemed like it would be the most hands-on.  He had a great time and learned how to cook some of our favorite Lao foods.  For $20 he got a class that went from 9am to 3pm.  It was taught by a Lao man with good English who was careful to teach techniques rather than just showing off his own skills!  By the way, Tamarind cooking school was mentioned on the NPR show “The Splendid Table”.  Above you can see some of the ingredients they used. Continue reading


Just wanted to let you know – I’m traveling a lot these days.  Last week I was in Luang Prabang and tomorrow we’re leaving for Phongsali.  I’ll put up pictures of both when I get back :-).  Phongsali is a remote province and the part we’re going to has no running water and electricity for only 3 hours a day, so I’m a little nervous, but also excited.  It’s for James’ work, not the kind of vacation we would choose, but interesting anyway.

Mekong Riverweed with Cheo Bong


I apologize for showing you delicious food that you can’t have unless you’re in Laos, but it’s an interesting food and you should have it if you’re ever here. This riverweed is a special kind found in the Mekong near Luang Prabang. It’s dried there with sesame seeds and sometime tomatoes and garlic.


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