My father doesn’t like to eat Tum Mak Houng and prefers Tum Mak Thua (string beans salad) and Tum Mak Kheua (eggplant salad). We always grow Mak Thua (string beans) and Mak Kheua (egg plant) in our garden along with Mak Teng (cucumber), cherry tomato, chili pepper, and many other plants and vegetables that we have always had in our garden in Laos. While visiting my parents in the USA I like to get up early in the morning to take care of the plants and vegetables in our garden. After watering the pulling the weeds, I picked out a few eggplants to have for lunch.

I made Spicy Eggplant Salad (Tum Mak Kheua) for lunch. I like to eat it with grilled fish or deep fried fish and warm sticky rice. I put a few cherry tomatoes from our garden in the Eggplant Salad since I like to eat tomato and it turned out quite delicious. It’s nice to have a garden so I can just go pick out what I need but sometimes I wonder if it’s really necessary since I can buy a handful of eggplants at the Farmer’s Market for 1 dollar a bucket.