I wanted to make Tum Mak Teng (Lao Cucumber Salad) for lunch and Aunt Phone wanted to make Tum Mak Thua with Mak Kheua (String Beans and Green Aubergine Salad). We had all the ingredients that I bought in the morning and were ready to show off our cooking skills. My Cousin Khek was busy making Jeun Kadouk Karng Moo (Fried Pork Ribs). I made my own version of Lao cucumber salad with no garlic and no padek (fermented fish sauce). Aunt Phone made her Lao string beans salad while I was holding Sidney in one arm and taking photos of Aunt Phone’s cooking.

My Tum Mak Tend was delicious with fried pork ribs and warm sticky rice.