After the Morning Alms Giving (Alms Offering), it was back to the house and time to chill for awhile. Since I only ate a few bites at Wat Houaylao I was hungry and ate a dragon fruit while waiting to go to lunch. Aa Tou decided to make some Vietnamese rice so I can try it. This is the recipe that she grew up with and how her mother was able to feed them during the hard times growing up.


We were invited by Aunt Phone’s brother a lunch at Ban Phonsikhay. They wanted to know what I wanted to eat and since I don’t like to eat meat we would then dine on Goy Pa. It was so warm and humid by noon time and we headed toward Ban Phonsikhay to help with making lunch.

It was a nice meal and after lunch I went to a neighbor’s house to check out the herbal medicine drying on a rack. This old lady makes this Ya Lao and sells them in the US via her relatives. Later I went looking for some water buffaloes. I saw a few of them the first time I was at Ban Phonsikhay and want to catch them playing in the mud. Of course I scared one away, the poor thing saw me coming and ran away. At least I was able to capture some beautiful images of the clouds. If we didn’t have to leave I would have found a good spot to take an afternoon nap.



  1. What is “Vietnamese Rice”?

  2. Vietnamese Rice or Khao Viet is a dish that is made of rice, soy bean, coconut milk, fried shallots, and seasoning with salt, a bit of sugar if you like and black pepper I think.

    This Khao Viet has a proper name but I will have to ask Aunt Phone for the name. Uncle knew about Khao Viet when he was a student and wanted to buy some but never had a chance to buy it. Usually it is served for breakfast and it’s something that many Vietnamese in Laos can’t live without according to Aa Tou. It doesn’t take much to make but it can feed the family and give you energy to last many hours.

  3. My mom make this a lot on the weekend when I was younger. We call it “Xoi Dau” or simply “Xoi”. Did your aunt use stickyrice? It look like  jasmine rice in the pictures (pictures were too small I can’t tell). There are variations of Xoi. We use sticky rice, mung beans, Chinese sausage, sometime shredded chicken meat, and onion.

  4. That’s the name of it or Khao Xoi for short. Aa Tou used sticky rice to make it.  I was surprised to know that Khon Viet use sticky rice in their cooking and Aa Tou told me I could use either sticky rice or jasmine rice.

    You can’t make out the photos at 600 pixels from clicking the thumbnails? If that is the case then I have to make the photos at 640 pixels or larger then.

  5. I can click on it. It was just too small. It is better now.

    When the future Mrs Dallas brought me home for the first time, her sisters were surprised that I know how to use chopsticks and that I know all the foods they were eating. They never met a Lao before. They got some crazy idea we don’t use spoon or folk and we eat everything with our hands. I told them Indian and Filipino use their hands even more so than us.
    Vietnamese mainly use sticky rice for dessert.

  6. Lao people are versatile when it comes to eating. We use spoon mostly to eat food, chopsticks for noodles, fork to push food onto spoon and to pick up food, hands for sticky rice and for scooping and dipping food. Pretty much we use the best tool for the occasion.

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