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"sticky rice" Laos Local Custom Tip by picek

Laos Local Customs: 85 reviews and 82 photos

  khao niaw
by picek

Among most important crops in Laos is rice, of course. Good locations can harvest rice 2 times a year upon condition that irrigation is provided. But this is beyond reach to many ordinary farmers - the terrain is difficult in most of country, agriculture is mostly done by hands and only a few can afford advanced machinery. Also water is not abundant everywhere so it's not possible to build effective irrigation system which will cover the cost of construction.
Between rice varieties most widely used on daily basis in Laos is sticky rice or glutinous rice. In Lao it's called 'khao niaw'. One has to use hands to form small balls with fingers before it's eaten - as such it's dip into variety of sauces and other foods.
The picture here shows steaming the sticky rice in a bamboo basket upon boiling water in kitchen in a very simple way. No chimneys here so the walls become black.
I find 'khao niaw' delicious and love the way of eating it with hands.

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  • Written Jul 10, 2009
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