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Posted by somsai on 16/8/2009 at 23:52

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naSUJwDZDR8

Great Video I think the guys are chefs back wherever they come from, I like the opening scene where they make monitor lizard laap. From a reply on another web site it seems they made 5 different dishes from the lizard, the undercooked laap was from the blood and some organs. Proabaly Sua from some of the meat and a gaeng from the juices of cooking the meat but that's all just a guess.

Notice how they put the thing in the fire then scraped the scales off, the skin and fat just under it are very tender and tasty.

Big Bike Boyz danger do not view this video as they show them doing
"the loop" up by Tahkhet on, , , shudder "mopeds".

The rest fairly mundane, tubing in Vang Vien, market in Vientiane. (is that Dalat Thong Khan Kham?)

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Posted by somtam2000 on 17/8/2009 at 07:30 admin

Thanks for that somsai -- great post breakfast viewing. Was interesting they fed the lizard the rice wine before slaughtering it.

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Posted by wanderingcat on 17/8/2009 at 10:39

fed the lizard the rice wine before slaughtering it.

'internal' marination?

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/8/2009 at 12:12

"Big Bike Boyz danger do not view this video as they show them doing
"the loop" up by Tahkhet on, , , shudder "mopeds"."

And one of the guys is not wearing a helmut. I have no doubt you can drive around Laos on those crappy bikes, but I also have no doubt (born of experience) that larger bikes are safer and more comfortable.

You ever watch that ridiculous show "Jackass"?? Just because you can do that crap doesn't mean it's smart.

Good video though. Thanks for posting.

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Posted by MADMAC on 17/8/2009 at 12:18

And unless I was in survival mode trying escape the Pathet Laos, I ain't eating that lizard. Certainly not the way that one was prepared. I looked inside that pot... revolting. Looks like something people in Isaan would eat and tell me "it's delicious" (been down that road many times).

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Posted by somsai on 17/8/2009 at 20:10

Didn't like the feeding rice wine part, I wouldn't abuse even a monitor lizard.

If you watch the guy eating the laap he first has to overcome his revulsion at putting raw bloody lizard guts in his mouth, then allow himself to actually taste them to see how good it is. He decides taste wise they aren't that bad, then swallows.

It's one thing to swallow something objectionable, it's another to allow yourself to overcome squeamishness and taste it. If humans eat it, and enjoy it, it must taste good, just an issue of learning to like it.

Worst part on the bikes, they're smiling and having fun, the audacity, tsk tsk.

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Posted by SBE on 17/8/2009 at 22:03

Perhaps the rice wine was to make things easier for the lizard? Or was it a kind of internal marinade, a certain je ne sais quoi secret ingredient to this traditional Lao dish?

Raw monitor lizard liver, kidney, penis, mixed with blood, lemon grass and spring onions ... how perfectly yummy. March 30th is my birthday too but I think I'd have been ever so awkward and opted for pizza as a special birthday treat if I'd been there!

Vang Vieng seems to have changed a bit ... I didn't hang around there long but I can't remember seeing any water slides and ziplines when I was there. When did they put those in?

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Posted by MADMAC on 18/8/2009 at 00:35

Eating raw anything meat wise is a supremely bad idea - even if it does taste good. I had a hard time explaining to my father in law that the cooking process kills parasites which can have negative health effects. Don't eat raw meat - EVER.

"Worst part on the bikes, they're smiling and having fun, the audacity, tsk tsk."

That's the best part. Not sure why they couldn't find a couple of hot Vietnamese chicks to ride with them though - must be the safety thing.

And the zip lines rock. I admit, I'm planning a trip to Vang Vieng for those things.

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Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 01:56

Hey! This is Chad from "Without Borders"! Thanks for posting our video up! Just to answer a few questions, yes we are all Chefs from Canada but have worked around the world in Europe, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, etc.
They fed the lizzard Laos laos to thin the blood. The lizzard was not bad. It's about the fun, experience and getting in to the culture, and food is a great way to do it.
We travel around Asia and go in to kitchens and street stalls to learn some of their national dishes as well as some wierd ones. Some people may get offended by some of the videos we put up, but thats life in Asia.
As for "the loop", It was f'n awesome! All the highlights of our trips have been renting scooters and taking the back roads.

We were in Vang Vieng 7 years ago, and there were no zip lines/swings.
3 years ago, there were a few. Now, there are loads, and the slide is sick! Its a fun gettaway for a few days and if you just drive 10 minutes out of Vang Vieng, the culture is there too.
We have about a dozen videos from different countries up now. Check them out on youtube or look at our website.

Any questions please ask.

Later.

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 02:01

Thanks for the info Chad. I'm not interested in the local "culinary culture" in the slightest - I'm not a fan of SE Asian food. But I am definitely interested in the zip lines and that water slide!!!

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Posted by withoutborders on 19/8/2009 at 02:16

Thats ok, whatever interests you! Then if you are up for a party, its better than Thailand's full moon party in my opinions. It's SICK!

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/8/2009 at 02:22

I'll be checking it out next year for sure. Thanks for the vid!

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