Larb, lahb, laab, lahp, lap, laap – all you do is talk.

“You should try the larb,” Charlie tells a first time guest. “It’s the national dish of Laos.” He’s referring to chicken larb, or┬álarb gai, the restaurant’s take on the popular marinated meat salad. The larb is finely minced chicken fragrant with herbs, a small dousing of fish sauce, lime juice, chilies, and scallions, complimented with […]

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RESTAURANT

1. What possesses people to willingly open a restaurant is beyond normal comprehension. The amount of money spent to give one of these unaerodynamic giants lift for even a minute far outweighs what they pay out in years. Famously, the odds are against the restaurateur. People trade a perfectly functional life punching in and out […]

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Word up

“These menus have been driving me insane since I re-did them,” Chris says on the topic of his sleek blackboard menus. The wall menus at Laohaus provide a particular atmosphere to the restaurant. The boards themselves are shiny, polished and very clean looking; the vibrant coloured marker font jumps out. The chirography is particular, loose, […]

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On Making Padaek

1. Early in our friendship Svenja and I gifted Chris and Charlie with some home brew fish sauce that just hit a year. The first time we tasted it we were excited by the rich, nutty, herbacious complexity of the brown liquid; it was salty, umami, incredibly round in the mouth, like a large copper […]

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Fermentation pt. 2

It’s been established in the last two posts that water bath canning preserved food by creating an isolated environment, protected from oxygen, hostile to bacterial growth. On the other hand, fermentation using lacto acid bacterias are open to exchanges with their environment – they change and develop character according to their conditions. Like us as […]

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Water bath canning

Let’s take a moment to explore the difference between two kinds of preserving: water bath canning, and fermentation. There won’t be too much of a discussion about processing times or anything too technical for water bath canning, mostly just a general overview of what it is so we can clearly see the difference. Water bath […]

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