Bamboo Shoot Soup (kaeng Nor Mai; ແກງຫນໍ່ໄມ້) and Lao Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Hoong; ຕໍາໝາກຫຸ່ງ) with steamed sticky rice (Khao Niao; ເຂົ້າໜຽວ), rice noodle (Khao Poon; ເຂົ້າປຸ້ນ), and young pods and young leaves of Leucaena leucocephala (White Leadtree; Phak Katin) for lunch in Pakse, Laos.

After lunch, I decided to get on the back of the water buffalo for the first time in my life. It was exciting and scary at the same time. I was afraid the buffalo would take off running too fast and I would fall off since I was sitting on the side, wearing my skirt and all.

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This water buffalo was really a sweet one. I was so happy by the end of the short trip on the back of the lady buffalo, I went check out more water buffaloes at the sticky rice paddies and under the tamarind tree.



  1. I only saw the Lao buffalos from a distance, I thought I would get to see them up close when I’m in Laos, but my relative didn’t have any, they only have cows, and Brahmas, and they’re not rideable I don’t think.

    Your food pics look really good.

  2. It’s nice to know that some people still keep a buffalo or two next to their iron buffalo.  Cows are probably good for pulling and not for riding.

    We have relatives in Pakse also that raise cow and other animals but I didn’t get a chance to visit them. Too many relatives and too little time. Who knows your relatives might know them since it’s such a small world after all.

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