Fried Fish and String Bean Salad for lunch in Vientiane. When you have eight people in a family, it’s not economical to buy 8 bowls of noodle soup for lunch at a market or from a noodle shop on a regular basis, unless you make good salary (more than the average civil servant’s wages). It’s a lot cheaper to cook at home, three times a day rather than having a take out or dine at a restaurant.
A few fried fish with two plates of string beans salad is enough for my relatives in Vientiane. They eat sticky rice with Jeun Pa (fried fish) and Tum Maak Tua (string bean salad). After two fistful of sticky rice, they are ready to head out the door for school and work until it’s time for dinner.