I wanted to have Lao green papaya salad to go with grilled fish and had to wait a turn like anyone else. This dish is quite popular with tourists but did you know not all green papaya salad is created equal.

Ping Pa, Tam Maak Hoong

Ping Pa

vegetables and dipping sauce

Tam Maak Hoong

When in Laos, I tried to eat the “Lao” way with Padek but no MSG and no garlic in my Tam Maak Hoong.