It has been five years since I’ve eaten Green Banana Salad (Tum Mak Kuay) and I made sure to add it to the list of Lao Food dishes to have during my last visit to Laos in April of this year. I went to my favorite Tum Mak Houng stall in Vientiane, Laos and ordered a batch of green banana salad.

As a kid in Laos I’ve eaten Tum Mak Kuay on a regular basis because my father from Pakse loves to eat this salad as oppose to Tum Mak Houng. We even had a few banana plants that is only suitable for making Green Banana Salad only growing in our garden in Vientiane. It has plenty of seeds and a bit bitter and not tasty at all when ripe but makes great salad.