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1. Lao food is distinct from other Asia cuisines, although it is somewhat similar to the food found in the northeastern part of Thailand in the area known as Isan.
2. Most Lao dishes contain vegetables and herbs, rice or noodles and fish, chicken, pork or beef. The freshness of the ingredients is very important to Lao people who like to prepare everything from scratch, rather than use pre-prepared ingredients, as they believe this makes their food more delicious.
3. Herbs such as galangal and lemongrass are favourites and padaek (Lao fish sauce) is found on every table.
4. One of the staples of Laos food is sticky rice. As the name reveals this rice naturally sticks together so it is easy to roll into small balls, dip into food and eat with your fingers. A traditional everyday Lao meal is simple and normally consists of sticky rice, some natural vegetables and at least one kind of spicy sauce to dip the sticky rice into, plus perhaps some fish or meat.
5. Another daily favourite is noodle soup (called feu also spelt pho) which is a hearty soup incorporating meat, noodles and vegetables. Don’t be surprised if when ordering your noodle soup, a huge plate of local salad vegetables arrives at the same time, together with a range of sauces and condiments.
Isan food is distinct from Thai and Lao cuisines, but has elements in common with each. The most obvious characteristics are the use of sticky rice that accompanies almost every meal rather than plain rice, as well as fiery chiles. Popular dishes include tam mak hung, or in central Thai, som tam (papaya salad), larb (meat salad) and gai yang (grilled chicken). These have all spread to other parts of Thailand, but normally in versions which temper the extreme heat and sourness favoured in Isan for the more moderate Central Thai palate.
Conversely Central Thai food has become popular in Isan, but the French and Vietnamese influences which have affected Lao cuisine are absent. The people of the region famously eat a wide variety of creatures, such as lizards, frogs and fried insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, silkworms and dung beetles. Originally forced by poverty to be creative in finding foods, Isan people now savour these animals as delicacies or snacks. Food is commonly eaten by hand using the sticky rice pressed into a ball with the fingers as a tool. Soups are a frequent element of any meal, and contain either vegetables and herbs, noodles, chunks of fish, balls of ground pork or a mixture of these. They are eaten using a spoon and chopsticks at the same time.
Some examples of other websites that try to explain Isaan cuisine are Temple of Thai, blogs such as Cute Pig, and forums such as The Paknam Web Forums. Other good resources for finding out about the cuisine are restaurant review sites like theLOCALities, newspaper articles like the Bangkok Post‘s An authentic taste of isan, and even the websites of various Thai restaurants that specialize in Isaan dishes can be highly informative.
Here are a selection of blogs and articles that have profiled — or at least mentioned — this very special cuisine (added in a post edit of April 3, 2012):
There are neighborhoods that serve best-of-the-best from Thai street food and one of those is Luphini Park. Right outside Lumphini on Ratchadamri Road street sellers will offer you Isan food and this will be an ideal choice for …
Publish Date: 03/28/2012 10:31
Enjoy the water splashing of Songkran I-San style in the unique Sticky Rice Road (Thanon Khao Niao), as well as demonstrations and a contest for the most delectable local cuisine in the grand city of Khon Kaen. Also see …
Publish Date: 04/02/2012 2:32
The Helping Hands Thai Cooking School is an initiative designed to assist in the support of men, women, children and families from within the Klong Toey Slum Community in Bangkok, Thailand. Khun Poo is one long-time …
Publish Date: 11/23/2011 8:01
Each region, ranging from Isan to Southern Thailand, has cuisines that have been influenced by their surrounding cultures. Isan, for example … The Isan cuisine consists of hotter, spicier foods with increased sourness. Central …
Publish Date: 11/06/2011 5:15
Nong Khai is part of the Isan region. Isan food is different from Thai food and it also includes elements of Lao cuisine. One example of this difference is the Isan diet includes eating sticky rice with each meal instead of plain rice …
Publish Date: 11/23/2011 14:33
Thai-Isan Cuisine, Chatuchak Market, Bangkok, Thailand. if u’re tired walking around Chatuchak market and looking for a quick bite, try Thai-Isan. it’s right in the middle of the market, have no idea where it’s located, we just …
Publish Date: 01/24/2011 9:50
Food vendors sat under light bulbs strung on poles selling peculiar fare. To us westerners and other Thais nothing stands out in Isan cuisine as crunchy insect snacks with chili sauce coating. Rick could not resist having a photo taken of him …
Publish Date: 03/02/2009 6:03
E San Thai Kitchen, Ara Damansara. Diha who stayed in Ara Damansara spoke of E San many times last year- that the food is good. But I kept delaying my visit as it is halal Thai cuisine– I’ll rather have some porky feast :p.
Publish Date: 02/23/2010 6:26
That was the text message I received from Sqirl Preserves maven, Jessica Koslow, asking me do a cooking class with some overachieving juniors and seniors from Oakwood School. … We grilled up some Isan (Northeastern Thai) sour sausage, which is fermented, and some Chieng Rai (Northern Thai) herb sausage on a George Foreman grill, and heated up some coconut milk-seasoned sticky rice in a microwave (which I had brought with me, since Jess would never …
Publish Date: 03/29/2012 8:50
Slowly, slowly, Isan food from northeastern Thailand is filtering into San Francisco. You can find Isan dishes on the menus of Thai House Express and Lers Ros, and the semisecret Thai-language menu at Chabaa (a few …
Publish Date: 12/08/2010 7:30
The Northeastern (or Isan) has a history of having unique culinary proclivities. Disastrous cycles of flooding and drought make agriculture very difficult, forcing the inhabitants to leave nothing to waste. Because of this, it is not …
Publish Date: 02/28/2012 10:30
Since larb is eaten all over Laos, including the southern half of Laos, which formerly included present-day Isan region of Thailand, published books regarding Southeast Asian cuisines generally refer to larb as simply a …
Publish Date: 03/06/2012 8:33
Although it is called Thai cuisine, in Thailand there are four types of regional cuisine originating from the four main regions: Northern Thailand, Northeast Thailand (Isan cuisine), Central Thailand and South Thailand.
Publish Date: 05/17/2011 10:26
Authen Isan cuisine can only be found in the Northeasst By Suthon Sukphisit. Nutritionists will tell you … But there’s more to Isan food than meets the eye. … It is true that in the past Isan food was indeed simple, both in principle and preparation.
Publish Date: 01/31/2009 23:59
Isan is the area to the north and east of the teeming capital Bangkok, stretching over to the Lao and Cambodian borders on the Mekongriver. Beyond borders, Isan shares its culture, food and dialects with Laos and Cambodia, …
Publish Date: 04/24/2011 21:05
Kai yang or ping gai is a dish originating from the Lao people of Laos and Isan (Northeastern Thailand), but it is now commonly eaten throughout the whole of Thailand. The dish is a standard staple of street markets and …
Publish Date: 01/23/2012 10:49
We ate at Dao’s almost every day (we don’t even know the name of her restaurant, if it even has one) and never tired of her cooking. If you visit and show some interest, she’ll even make off-menu dishes from Isan, the area in …
Publish Date: 02/03/2011 6:00
Som in the North East of Thailand (Isan) means sour and Tum means to beat or mix and grind in the pestle and mortar. Isan Som Tum is usually made with green julienne papaya, long beans, and cherry tomatoes. While the dressing still has …
Publish Date: 02/15/2007 3:15
The inaugural Isan Food Festival is being held in Khon Kaen, Thailand for 10 days, and from March 7-9 the Sofitel Raja Orchid is offering a culinary master-class weekend from just (12150THB) or $AUD420 — including taxes …
Publish Date: 02/22/2008 15:28
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