Homemade Bamboo Shoot Soup with sponge gourd luffa for lunch in Vientiane. There is no meat or fish in the soup and enough sponge gourd and phak kayang (rice paddy herb) to complete the dish. Another way of making this soup is using pumpkin instead of luffa.
When I think of Keng Nor Mai or bamboo shoot soup, it reminds me of the time I spent with my deceased grandmother in Vientiane, Laos. She loved to make this soup and Jeow Padek to go with it. My task was to pick herbs from her garden to go with the soup and the jeow.