Aunt Kian does her daily grocery shopping at Kok Pho Market. If she can’t find what she is looking for there, then she would go to the bigger Sikhay Market. On the day Aunt Kian doesn’t feel like cooking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, she can find plenty of Lao Food dishes at Kok Pho Market to take home.

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On this particular day, Aunt Kian was getting some bamboo shoot soup, Kaeng Kee Lek, and either grilled meat or grilled fish to go with Tam Maak Hoong aka Lao Green Papaya Salad from her favorite papaya salad seller at the market. She even checked out some dessert and fruit snacks to take back for my three cousins.

I’m sure it was a nice dinner and a better one than what I am having in winter cold Holland.



  1. Hi. I was just wondering what is the green dessert in the second to last picture. I want to learn how to make it, but I do not know what it is called. Thank you..

  2. Hi, Gaby. I don’t know the name of the green dessert in either Lao language or English. I sent a picture to my cousin in Vientiane, Laos to ask the name of it. I’ll let you know as soon as I get a reply from her.

  3. Hi, Gaby. I found out the name of the green dessert. It’s actually steamed mung bean cake. It just looks different than how my aunt in Pakse makes it (you can see it here). In Lao language, it’s known as Khao Nom Xo Xe (ເຂົ້າຫນົມໂຊເຊ) or Khao Nom Jai Thua Khea ເຂົ້າຫນົມໃຈຖົ່ວຂຽວ (sweet treat with heart of mung bean).

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