Monday, July 14, 2014

A Journey to Laos

Laos is located in Southeastern Asia, and is ranked as the 25th hungriest nation in the world. One out of every three Laotians lives on less than $1.25 a day. Over 80% of the people are farmers, but only 4% of the country is good farmland. The most popular crop is rice, and most families grow enough to live off of. No Laotian meal is complete without rice. They eat more sticky rice than any other people in the world. Most Laotian meals are accompanied by a soup and rice. I chose to make Kay Patkhin, a simple chicken dish that uses up leftover meat. I really enjoyed it. The spices complemented each other well, and the cilantro topping brought color to the plate. Enjoy your meal!

Kay Patkhin
serves 4
4 chicken breasts, cooked
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 cup chicken broth or water
3 tbsp. cilantro, torn
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat the oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is golden brown, about 7 minutes. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieced. Add the chicken, broth, and ginger to the pan. Cook until the water evaporates. Remove the pan from the heat, season to taste, and serve topped with cilantro leaves.
Serve the chicken with sticky rice and Khao Biek for an authentic Laotian meal.

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