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Aug 2nd, 2012, 10:30 AM
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Laos, Fresh Papaya Salad

Although this is not my first time having papaya salad in Laos, this is the first time I get an education on how it is made.

At the night market in Luang Prabang, I chose peppers from a trusting local that tells me they are not too hot. From my earlier sampling of papaya salad, I know it is traditionally made spicy hot. While I like my food with a kick, I don't want to set off a 5 Alarm fire on top of my head.

Using some shrimp sauce, eggplant, tomatoes, lime juice and other "secret" ingredients that are ground up in a ceramic bowl, I watch as this wonderful salad comes together.

For about US$1.50, it is a nice and delicious treat.

Video:http://youtu.be/JEwDUYQiagE
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Looks yummy....
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 11:29 AM
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nice video.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:03 PM
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kmkrnn,

Yes, it was

Have to be careful of the peppers and I am told you might not want to know what's in the secret ingredients. I believe some type of fish parts.
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 01:04 PM
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Lincasanova,

Thanks
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Aug 2nd, 2012, 09:23 PM
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The "secret" ingredients would have been padaek. This is fermented fish sauce. You can get cooked sauce or raw. It is best to avoid the latter because of the parasites.
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Aug 3rd, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Vientianeboy,

Thanks for filling in the missing pieces from my wonderful experience in Laos.

Is there a significant taste difference in the salad from using the cooked sauce compared to raw? I thought the flavor and texture of the salad was great especially the one I had that was topped with peanuts.
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