The King and Queen of Laocook

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King and Laurene become Mr. & Mrs. Senathit.

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Weddings are always special. Especially when they involve two people who I love very much. Yes, my brother King married his sweetheart and best friend Laurene.

A gathering of family and friends from all over the globe attended the two days of celebrations in London. Throughout the rainy week, the sun shone on Saturday the 16th of May 2009.

Being a family of cooks, it was only natural that we decided to do the food for the wedding ourselves. Days and days of preparation preceded the Reception for 300 guests.

One dish on the menu was Crispy pork, made to a secret recipe belonging to my uncle. (A recipe that I will surely get my hands on…. :biggrin: )

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Three days before the event the pork belly was prepared and trimmed.

Throughout the evening I could smell a wonderful earthy aroma coming from the kitchen as herbs and spices were slow roasted for the marinade.

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These were then pounded with the recognizable rhythmic beat of the pestle and mortar.

Water was boiled and the pork pieces plunged in to it to soften the skin.

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There is no need to score the pork, this instrument takes the hard work out of pricking the skin.

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The marinade is then added.

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The pieces will now be covered for 2 days to let the flavours meld before being cooked.

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The pork is cooked “upside down” at a low temperature before being turned over for a fierce grilling at high heat.

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For tasting purposes (meaning we couldn’t wait until the weekend!) we decided to try some out. :biggrin:

Another dish that we couldn’t wait to try were the Jumbo Prawns.

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Jumbo Prawns were cleaned and seasoned then drenched in a mixture of Tapioca and Potato Starch before being deep fried.

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These were then tossed in a tangy dressing and eaten with the fingers.

Talking about tapioca, some Saku Sai (Tapioca Dumplings) were also made.

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I just love the chewy texture of these savoury nibbles, especially enjoyed with herbs and leaves.

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Perhaps I should serve these at the restaurant as an Amuse Bouche? šŸ˜Ž

Saku Sai is also great with Saw Leaf.

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Saw Leaf is often miscalled Lao Coriander, though they don’t look alike, they do taste quite similar, though Saw Leaf has a stronger flavour. One dish that Saw Leaf is great in is Beef Larb. The flavour is more pronounced when the leaf is shredded just before serving. Talking about the Larb, some other goodies went in ours too.

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Honeycomb Tripe is well cleaned before being used and cut in to small pieces. If the pieces are too big the tripe is very chewy, almost like a “beef bubble gum” …. :blink: !

Spanish Chorizo (is there any other kind?) also made an appearance.

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These were used in our Fried Rice dish. A kind of cross over Lao-Spanish dish. When the Chorizo cooks, its wonderful aromatic oils escape and help flaovour the rice.

No wedding would be complete without some homemade Som Moo. :cheerful:

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Bamboo Shoot Salad also made it to the table.

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And for those with sweet teeth, a whole host of desserts were also on offer.

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One of these was Golden Silk Threads or “Foy Tong”. These are made by using egg yolk that is cooked in syrup. They are extremely hard to make….yet so easy to eat…. :biggrin:

It would take me forever to list all the foods that were made for this special weekend, just be assured that we loved every minute of making them and most of all, eating them with family and friends.

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Former Intern, Monique (or Monica :biggrin: ) came over from France.

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Former Laocook Girl and singer/song writer (and also LaureneĀ“s sister) Anouck serenaded the newlyweds.

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Once again, Congratulations to King and Laurene.

Long may they reign.

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4 thoughts on “The King and Queen of Laocook

  1. Felicitations to the newlyweds!!! What a great moment for your family and it was a great idea to make your own food for the wedding! BTW is Laurene pregnant, I notice a little bump. Congratulations!

  2. Hi Vic! and thanks for the felicitations.

    Yep, the newest member of Laocook will be here in November! CanĀ“t wait. IĀ“m going to be an Uncle!!!

  3. Congratulations to the newlyweds. They are very beautiful. The food must have been too delicious. I’m frustrated because I can’t have your pork and som moo too.

  4. Ā  Congratulation to King and Laurene. Wedding is always special occasion for family and friends gathering together. I and my husband wish you guys happiness in everyway of life. =}

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