All posts tagged: Food

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 …

WTFung?

My brother recently tagged me in a video about Lao food posted by the infamous FUNG BROS., a YouTube duo who produce hilarious videos highlighting Asian American themes, especially food. They’re pretty popular, too, netting over 900,000 subscribers on YouTube. My first thoughts were, “Holy crap, the FUNG BROS. made a video about Lao food?! Maybe the #laofoodmovement is a real thing.” When I watched the video, I was not only sorely disappointed, but annoyed and offended by a lot of the misinformation. As a proud Lao American, I know the Lao community does not get the same exposure that other communities receive. So when a chance like this comes along, sending the right message is not only important, but necessary. The Fung Bros. not only missed an opportunity to showcase the flavors and combinations that make Lao food unique, but they failed to provide correct information on the Lao community, leading me to think WTFUNG?! Here are 5 problematic moments in the video: They went to a “Thai” restaurant and ordered predominantly Thai dishes. Most of you are probably thinking, “But …