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Ping Sien Moo (grilled pork) and Jeow Mak Len (Lao spicy tomato chutney) for lunch in Vientiane, Laos. My Aunt Phone made the grilled pork while my other Aunt Kian made the Lao spicy tomato chutney.
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Mok Kai (Steamed chicken in banana leaf) for breakfast in Vientiane, Laos. Mok Kai is a classic Lao Food dish with fresh herbs and spices for seasonings and chicken egg in the middle for a finishing touch.
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Dinner at Center Poing Juice Bar in Vientiane, Laos with Tum Mua (Spicy Mixed Salad), deep fried meatballs, and hot soy milk.
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Khao Pard Chun (Khanom Chun) or Steamed Pandan Layer Cake for dessert after a Baci Ceremony in Vientiane, Laos.
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When there is a Boun (Lao Festival), there are plenty of food stalls to be found at Wattay Yai Temple in Vientiane, Laos. You can buy grilled chicken (Ping Kai), Khao Larm (sticky rice in bamboo tube), Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Maak Hoong), Khao Phiak, Khao Poon, and other Lao food dishes and snacks that are sold during festival times through out the country.
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When there is a Boun (Lao Festival),  my relatives in Laos would take their time to make Khao Tom (Lao: ເຂົ້າຕົ້ມ; Thai: ข้าวต้ม), which is sticky rice wrapped in banana leaf with various fillings like banana, mung bean, or black bean. This is part of the Buddhist merit making, offering food and drinks to the Buddhist monks as part of a religious ceremony.
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Today is day of Buddhist Lent ( Boun Khao Phansa ). Many of my relatives in Laos have been preparing Khao Thom (sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana leaft) and Khao Nom Naep (sweet treat with flour and coconut filling) to take to the temple for offering to the Buddhist monks.
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My aunt is making Larb Pork (Larb Moo) for dinner in Vientiane, Laos. Larb Pork can be describe as minced meat salad using pork meat as the main ingredient.
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Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Maak Hoong) with boiled Pork Blood Cubes for lunch in Vientiane, Laos. We went to visit a papaya salad farm in Ban Ling San and picked a few papayas right of the tree. Some of the papayas were green while others were a bit ripe and fully ripe.
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Sticky Rice with Coconut Custard on top (Khao Sangkhaya) for dessert in Vientiane, Laos. We didn’t make this ourselves but rather bought the small wrappings of the dessert from Vientiane Farmers Organic Market.
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