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This broad phrase could refer to far too many different things for me to start a post about them all. It could refer to the style of food a Thai restaurant is serving. Or it could refer to the way in which a specific dish has been prepared.
I have seen it in reference to weddings:
…A traditional Esarn style wedding ceremony.
Wikipedia mentions in its article Isan that:
The library of Tung Sri Muang temple, Ubon Ratchathani, illustrates the typical style of Isan.
So the term can be applied to architecture. It was certainly applied to this house being offered for sale at realty website isaan-house.com:
Thai Garden House Isaan style with 3 bedrooms, bathroom with hot-bath, kitchen and high speed internet, Home cable TV. and phone, and nice sala, big garden close to town and Big C, The area is very quiet, The land is 2 rai.
Someone put up a YouTube video that they named Dancing scouts Isaan style 27 1 11 — is there, then, an Isaan or Esarn style of dancing?
Another video is titled Isaan style mat, so there is evidently something distinctive about these, too.
Yet another video is titled Church Isaan Style:
This past Sunday we took our visiting team to church and they got the full experience, to say the least. It’s so great seeing Christians worship God in their native tongue, true to their culture and traditions.
A thread at the TeakDoor forum that was about lizards is titled Alarm Clocks NE Isaan Style. I suppose that’s somewhat fair, although the term could also apply to any other number of early-morning sleep-disruptors common to Isaan.
A post from last October on the blog Isaan Life is titled Harvesting Rice Isaan style 2011.
And there is even an entire blog named Isaan Style!
No doubt there are many more other possibilities that could be labeled as being in the Isaan or Esarn style. However, it seems that food preparation is paramount, as any search engine will reveal when presented with the term. Here are the first suggestions when I gave it a try in a post edit of September 14 (2012). Only two were not about food. Rather, and quite understandably, they were about music:
Thailand’s Center Point specializes in the cuisine of Isan (or Esarn), the country’s northeastern region, where Laotian-style sausages can be fatty, aromatic wonders. This version is wonderfully sweet and junky, tasting of …
Publish Date: 09/10/2012 8:49
Laab E-sarn is one of the excellent dishes on many Thailand restaurants menus. Though I haven’t mentioned about the restaurants in general yet, there is Laab.
Publish Date: 08/20/2010 16:37
In Esarn Style Restaurants, we always ask the waiter for Khaw Neaw (Glutinous Rice), Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad), Kai Yang (Grilled Chicken) and so forth… Also, Larb Gai (Spicy Minced Chicken Salad) is a popular dish …
Publish Date: 07/28/2012 3:13
Fun Playing With Issan/Esarn/ Northern-style Thai in NY. We spent last weekend making our final 2010 visit to family in the New York suburbs. While I might normally report chronologically on food fun of interest for the whole …
Publish Date: 10/31/2010 18:39
… Celebration. July 25, 2012. Grilled Pork Cutlets E-Sarn Style. Posted 29th July by Dr. Supinda Lertlit ดร.สุพินดา เลิศฤทธิ์. Life Style in Demo. Subscribe. Subscribe. RSS Feed. Add to Google Reader · View RSS Feed. Loading. Send feedback.
Publish Date: 07/25/2012 0:00
Esarn Kheaw – Spiced Pork Salad Thai Style £6.95 Minced pork, thinly sliced pork. Spiced Pork Salad Thai Style £6.95. Minced pork, thinly sliced pork skins with lemon juice, lime leaf, coriander, spring onion, chilli and fish …
Publish Date: 07/28/2010 4:09
From then on, it’s great fun with DJ Maft Sai who play music style Looktook-Morum (Country Song or E-Sarn Song) from 22.15 am – 23.00 pm and enjoy delicious E-Sarn food it’s available in a variety of good price.It also has …
Publish Date: 08/16/2012 21:37
In the Esarn (Northeastern) Thai food style restaurants, there are several special menus to offer like Spicy Papaya Salad, Grilled Chicken, Grilled beef salad, deep-fry dried pork and so forth… that are always eaten with sticky …
Publish Date: 02/29/2012 20:22
In Esarn style restaurants, the dinners always ask for many small dishes of foods and a bowl of spicy soup to eat with sticky rice. The menus never miss Green Papaya Salad (ส้มตำ) and BBQ Chicken (ไก่ย่าง), the other menus …
Publish Date: 03/27/2012 0:27
In a restaurant, if you love to try Esarn Style dishes, please do not forget to order the Lab Moo (Spicy Minced Pork Salad) otherwise, you miss the best one. To make it yourself, it’s fast and easy recipe to do. I think all of …
Publish Date: 03/08/2012 22:33
One menu that we always order when we go to northeastern Thai food (Esarn food) style restaurants is Thai Style BBQ Pork Butt (Kor Moo Yang), the barbecued tender meat that served with Spicy Dipping Sauce. I also like to …
Publish Date: 02/15/2012 20:22
Inspired by thai Esarn music style called luk thung, mor lam. The records named THE SOUND OF SIAM made by the foreigners, it’s a good records But the music not exactly sound like thai Esarn style, that why we are saying …
Publish Date: 09/24/2011 15:44
When we bought Groupon vouchers for Esarn Kheaw we were just expecting some nice, cheap Thai food – nothing exceptional and nothing inoffensive. Instead, we were … I generally had the pork north east style I think.
Publish Date: 11/23/2010 13:06
In an Esarn (Northeastern Thai) food style restaurant, you will see diners sit around a table of their each group. Surprise! The table has an array of many dished that will be eaten with sticky (glutinous) rice. The meal always …
Publish Date: 03/11/2012 5:01
เดี่ยวซอระดับโลก – ทองฮวด ฝ่ายเทศ.wmv
Published on Mar 14, 2012 by siratuangchaipiti
เดี่ยวซออีสาน [ Diew Sor Esarn ] : ทองฮวด ฝ่ายเทศ [ Thonghuad Faited ] , แคน : ขุนแผน , พิณ : ทองมี ชำนิป่า , วงดนตรีเพชรบูรพา , Thai-Esarn Style