The boat races came to a halt at noon time and the crowds went looking for some good food and Beer Lao of course. We walked to a relative’s house way past Ban Wat Chine. It took us 20 minutes to get there and we were soaking in sweats by the time we arrived at the picnic spot. The house is being rented out to a weaver but the owner likes to have a family gathering there by the riverbank whenever there is a special occasion. All the people there are uncle Khao’s relatives and we were greeted with warm hospitality. I found out the relatives that were gathering there didn’t care for the boat races because they have seen enough they said and only were there for two things only, the food and the booze.
I wanted to try Tum Mak Kuay (Spicy Green Banana Salad) but after seeing like 20 chili peppers being put in the mortar I was freaking out. It never cease to amaze me with Khon Tai Tai being capable of eating so much chili peppers. Some of my relatives would even take bites and bites of chili peppers during meal because the Jeow or dipping sauce was not spicy enough. I went for the grill fish and shrimps and made Pun Pa and Pun Koong out of my meal since it was a safest thing for me and didn’t want to upset my stomach any further. What a great picnic that was and worth the walk in the hot heat. I even had a chance to make video clips of the beautiful Mekong River by the picnic area.