You know Sriracha is played out when you see it on the ISS: https://goo.gl/maps/2efiknVbirk
Nam put out the call on FB for fresh lamyai (longan) branches that I want to try for smoking meats, and a good friend came through.
Her dad cut off some branches from their trees in Ubon Rachathanee and sent them back with her this weekend.
Seeing as how imported apple wood chips cost about $30 US for a 5 lb bag, this should be a great alternative. Thanks, Jay (from J)!!
The ultimate Thai-Mexican fusion:
This was, again, an awesome leftover mashup. Larb made from chicken is fairly uncommon, but I found a local food stand that makes it really well… At 20 baht per bag, I’m happy whenever it’s available. I added some shallots to the mango salsa from the other day, and used up the rest of our taco stuff from last week. Verdict: SPICY MOVE!
I only started commonly seeing these berry-like fruits this year. They seem to be growing in popularity up here in Issan, but I suspect they were brought here from another part of Thailand, where they are apparently have shorter names: Nam daeng and nam phrong.
They are apparently used in India for pickles.
I had started calling these Lao Cherries, but there are a couple other fruits already called that (plus they don’t seem to be from this area), so I finally just looked it up.
So the important thing: Do they taste good?
They taste like vitamin C punched you in the throat. Like the sourest mango and unripe lemon (hence the name? Mamuang = mango; Manao = lemon/lime) in the world are frolicking on your tongue. So naturally, Thais eat them dipped in chili sugar and stupid farang stuff three in their mouth at a time to see if it can be done in a sort of personal stupidity challenge.
So wikicheatia has a long paragraph on names for this fruit which, in the spirit of university plagiarism, I will only only slighty modify before pasting here:
maha karamba (Sinhala)
kerenda (in Malaya)
Bengal currant (South India)
Christ’s thorn (South India)
nam phrom (Thailand)
Karja tenga (Assam)
I guess you could call them yardlong beans, but most of the world switched to a better system long ago, and besides, where’s the fun in that?