Month: February 2012

Cool Jerk: The Other Carnal Pleasure

My Cool Jerk arrived in four amazing flavors: Original, Sweet & Spicy, Lemongrass, and Native Lao Hot. For Lao folks, beef jerky and sticky rice go together like peanut butter and jelly. It’s good for any time of day to satisfy hunger at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This past weekend I decided to throw a Cool Jerk Party. It was simple enough: sticky rice (kao niew), hot pepper paste (jeow bong), mashed mushrooms and peppers sauce (jeow het), and my four flavors of Cool Jerk. Now, I would have added papaya or cucumber salad, but the pantry was sadly empty. I had a couple of Lao friends with me (the best judges of beef jerky, of course) and lunchtime was just around the corner. I had cut the jerky into bite-size pieces, noted each flavor with labels, dished out my pepper and mushroom sauces, and opened the sticky rice basket. A steam let out and I grabbed a handful of rice. I reached out first for the Native Lao Hot jerky, hoping for sharp stinging …

Lao Haiku of the Week: Presidents Day Edition

So, it’s Presidents Day this weekend and many of us are asking, how soon will it be before we see a Lao American president. Will we see one from our generation? What would it be like? Would the Lamvong become a national dance craze? Would jaew become the official condiment? Hot dogs replaced with Lao sausage or beef jerky? The first lady wears a sinh? (Or the first man, if the first Lao American president is a lady…) So many possibilities. But in the meantime, here’s this week’s Lao Haiku of the Week:   Whether apple pies, mae, Cherry trees,  log cabins, or moon shots: OUR STORIES CHANGE US.