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Seendat – Lao Barbecue

I’m having a hard time translating “seendat”. It’s inspired by Korean barbecue, so I’ll call it Lao barbecue, but using “barbecue” in this way sort of bothers me. My family is from Texas and Kansas, and to people in that region, barbecue is a very specific way of cooking beef. This dish is not at all what Texans mean when they say “barbeque”.

Maybe I should call this “Lao Grilling”, but Lao people have lots of grilled foods, and this is only one of them. Plus, seendat is not just grilled, it also includes a soup. Continue reading

Pad Thai

I’ve tried making similar Thai noodle dishes a few times, and this is definitely the best.  The shape of the noodles is not very important, thin or thick ones are fine, just make sure they’re made of rice or bean starch.  The spiciness can also be adjusted by adding more curry paste or peppers.  I made this recipe rather mild so that most Americans can eat it!  Thai food can be really spicy.  In Laos, we have Thai ramen noodles and I can’t eat them if I add more than half of the flavor packet.  I had the same problem when I got Thai curry soups in Thailand, but that problem can be solved by mixing it with a lot of rice.  It’s important to add the lime juice at the end because if you add it too early, some of the flavor will cook off. Continue reading

Homemade Peanut Butter

Peanut butter here is expensive, but peanuts are not, so I learned how to make peanut butter from some friends. I eat a lot of peanut butter and I actually prefer this to store bought peanut butter. You could use dry roasted peanuts without the red skins and skip the first two steps, but you might like the taste of freshly roasted peanuts better. Continue reading