Let’s go to Laos for the evening
One more Asian dinner. St. Margaret’s 56th Global Cuisine Supper on Saturday, June 13, will take us again to an Asian country. Chris Urick hopes we will try some of the foods she and Dennis sampled during their trip to Laos last winter. The Uricks will be showing us slides of their travels during dinner
Where Laos is located in the fertile plains of the Mekong, fruit, spices, and cotton grow. “But mostly, it’s all about rice. Rice plantings cover more than 80 percent of Laos’cropland,”report the Roo Sisters who write about their country’s culture and food on the sbs.com.au/food website.
The people have an incredible appetite for rice, each consuming an average of 160 kilograms per year. “Sticky rice is eaten with every meal -shaped into balls with the fingers and used to scoop up wet foods, ground and toasted and added to dishes, shaped into sweet cakes or ground to bind sausages, this is Laos’defining food,”say the Roo Sisters. They describe savoury dishes made much like Vietnamese specialties, combining salty, sour, spicy and sweet tastes together. They use lots of fresh herbs. A Google search will bring up many recipe ideas. But, of course, any dish, Laotian or not, is welcome.
Dinner is at 6. Remember to bring your own beverages and a friend or two to share the feast.