All posts tagged: Lao food

#IEatLaoFood movement and a serving of food justice in New York City

In some of the poorest neighborhoods across America, finding fresh and healthy food is a daily struggle. As the bold and flavorful Lao food scene continues to rise among its popular Southeast Asian counterparts, a New York City couple strives to define Lao food culture in its rightful place, with a heaping serving of food justice. Through Lao food, Manila and Kris of ‘I Eat Lao Food’ (IELF) is building the emerging movement of testing American palates and transforming eating traditions. “Since its inception, we’ve found that Lao Food inspires a sense of community among people from a variety of backgrounds. We want to utilize Lao food as a vehicle to address economic, health, and social issues in our native Brooklyn communities, specifically East New York”. Starting with dinners in their own backyard, they realized, “the mission is two-fold: to introduce this versatile cuisine and culture to a new audience, but to also empower a group of people who have historically been underserved by the efforts to improve the quality of life in our city”. Born in …

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 …