“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 larb 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 […]
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 […]
The historical and poetic importance of padaek to Lao people is discussed, as well as an overview of how to make it.
Our kingdom of human kind is founded on unseen universes. Past the blanket of clouds, the mighty cosmos was once believed to be populated by supernatural beings that’s justice and jealousy spurred the movements of everything here on earth. In the past century, humankind has dedicated millions of dollars in resources to create telescopes capable […]
A cookbook of this sort is a complicated project and there’s lots of room to get it wrong. It’s got to be honest, useful, and interesting; the authors need to consider that it’s through their work that people are glimpsing stills of a moving phenomenon, that people are reading about and seeing food, not tasting, […]
THE FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE TRUE. THE DEPICTIONS ARE DRAMATIZATIONS WITH ACTORS. ICE T: Let’s run down the facts one more time. So you’re trying to tell me that white people just walk in to your restaurant and say racist shit just because you’re Asian? LAOHAUS: Again, for the fifteenth time, Ice T, that’s exactly what […]
Mouth, completely incensed in flame, drawing from its corners little wisps of air in attempt to bring some relief; face, blotchy, red; the alternating rush of preoccupied pain followed by ecstatic relief. In one pole, the mind becomes completely preoccupied with the experience of the mouth – it’s like a meditation, or a trance-like state. […]