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Foodie Frenzy: ain't no party like a pun pa party

Want to organize your own ‘pun pa’ party? ‘Pun pa’ is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods. Growing up, I loved helping my mom dice the veggies and organize the spread of fresh and colorful herbs. The aromatic smells itself gets my taste buds dancing. If you’ve ever gathered around a Lao cook making pun pa, you would notice the endless array of prep work needed to make this food affair happen for eager eaters. Keep in mind the key word for ingredients: fresh, fresh, fresh.┬áThe Lao tend to go to great lengths to ensure that every part of a pun pa party has the right ingredients and only the freshest vegetables. After all, this is one of the only few Lao dishes that actually promotes families and friends to gather around a ‘pa kao’ (bamboo table) to eat together in a community-like setting. ‘Pun pa’ is pretty much a fish wrap buffet. It’s filled with the following key ingredients: -Fried tilapia. Or any fish/meat of choice. Just remember: if you want your life …