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Laomerican Cooking HalLaoween Edition: The 5-Layer Phi Dip!

It always happens, you spent so much time getting your HalLaoween costume ready for the big party, you’re just about out of time to bring over a dish for the hosts? What to do, what to do? Thanks to almost a year of trial and error experiments with our families and friends (Thanks for being the test subjects!) we can present the 5-Layer Phi Dip, which isn’t “fancy” but it’s saep lai and easy to fix on the run, if you’ve got the right stuff on hand. You’ll need: 1 tub of cooked beef laab (most guests hate raw laab in this dish) 1 can of refried beans or a can of chili with beans 1 white onion diced 1 tomato diced 1 green pepper diced 1-2 Lao chili peppers, diced 1 dash of ghost pepper powder, if you dare. 1 can mango habanero salsa or whatever good brand you can find. 1 package of shredded cheese (unless lactose intolerance is an issue.) Put the refried beans or chili on top of the cooked beef …

20 Outrageous Lies About Lao Cooking and the Lao

Well, for one reason or another, everyone’s talking about Lao cooking this week post-Fung Bros viral video, and what we tell others about our roots and traditions. Which is all well and good, but in the meantime, just for fun, here’s a list of ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS AND INCORRECT LIES about Lao cooking. DISCLAIMER: We are absolutely, totally NOT responsible for any drama that erupts if someone takes this seriously. 1: Ask for the SECRET menu at any Lao restaurant. Hint: You can get ANYTHING “Animal style”. 2. If you want to make a great impression on your first date, order them the Khai Luuk (aka balut)! It tastes like chicken! 3. When you order a papaya salad, don’t put up with the waitress being stingy on you. Tell them you want -60- hot peppers for the full experience! 4. Go ahead, ask for butter with your sticky rice. 5. Actually it’s not “Lay-otian” or “Lao-otian” at all! It’s “Ow-otion”. The L has been silent all along! But you REALLY have to be an insider to …