Red Ant Egg Salad

Koy Khai Mod Daeng, Pon Pa, Som Phak Kard

Lunch in Pakse, Laos to treat my father to his favorite dishes. It was no other than Red Ant Egg Salad (Koy Khai Mod Daeng; ກອ້ຍໄຂ່ມົດແດງ; Koy Khai Mod Som; ກອ້ຍໄຂ່ມົດສົ້ມ), Spicy Puree of Cooked Fish (Pon Pa; ປົ່ນປາ), Grilled Fish (Ping Pa; ປີ້ງປາ), and Pickled Mustard Greens (Som Phak Khard; ສົ້ມຜັກກາດ).

Khai Mod Daeng

Khai Mod Daeng

Khai Mod Daeng

We bought more ant eggs this morning at the market. I took a few pictures of the ant eggs after doing the dishes.

Koy Khai Mod Daeng

When I found out what we were going to have for lunch. I made sure to order a plate of Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Maak Hoong; ຕໍາໝາກຫຸ່ງ) down the street from my aunt’s house.

Lao green papaya salad

I knew that was something I could eat next to the Grilled Fish. My relatives use three to four times chili peppers in their cooking and I couldn’t even eat the Pon Pa more than two to three bites.

Spicy Puree of Cooked Fish

There were like 20 relatives eating with us. I was able to to take a few photos of the food where I was sitting with all the young people section. I gave the Koy Khai Mod Daeng a try by taking a few small bites with all my cousins cheering me on. They wouldn’t let me say no and said that I must try it at least once in my life.

Pickled Mustard Greens

I can’t say I like the Ant Eggs Salad or not. I would have to gather enough courage to try it again in the near future, perhaps with cooked ant eggs instead of raw eggs like this time.

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