food reflects the influence of neighboring Laos in a number of dishes.
As in Laos and the north, glutinous rice is the staple. It is eaten both
as a base for other dishes and as a sweet when steamed in bamboo with
coconut milk and black beans.
like their food highly seasoned. Many connoisseurs of Thai cooking particularly
esteem regional specialties like "Laab", "Som Tam" (green papaya salad),
and "Gai Yang" (BBQ chicken).
Meat is often scarce
in villages. Freshwater fish and shrimp are therefore the principal source
of protein, sometimes cooked with herbs and spices and sometimes fermented.
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