I absolutely love trying new cuisines, and our recent visit to DC’s Toki Underground introduced me to a number of Laotian dishes I had never even heard about, let alone tasted. While I’ll admit I was a bit apprehensive about the seven-course menu going in, not knowing just how adventurous it would be, the meal ended up being by far one of the best – not to mention spiciest – I’ve ever had. And since I truly adore spicy food, that’s saying a lot!
So, what did we get a chance to try during this special tasting preview, featuring dishes by Chef Seng Luangrath of Bangkok Golden in Seven Corners?
|No Laotian meal would be complete without sticky rice.|
A salad of fried crispy rice balls, coconut, peanuts and other ingredients
Laotian sausage seasoned with lemongrass and cilantro, among other flavors
Tum Marg Huong:
Papaya salad with tomato and lime
Curried fish stew
Sweetened rice balls in coconut milk
|A delicious taste of Bua Loy!|
Since I don’t usually eat much meat and am again revisiting the idea of becoming a vegetarian, I didn’t taste the sausage and only tried a small bite of the duck. Everything else, though, was completely delicious, especially the Nam Khao and Bua Loy.
Have you ever tasted Laotian cuisine, including any of these dishes?