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Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos Paperback – October 11, 2003
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Mr Alan Davidson was the British Ambassador at Vientiane and was THE great admirer of the Laotian population, of all the dozens of tribes that form the Lao people. With all their different habits, beliefs and ... fish recipes!
So his first ackowledgements do not go to famous cooks like Phia Sing for books like Traditional Recipes of Laos, no, they go to the lady fishmongers in the morning market of Vientiane. Because they are the wells of wisdom that nurtures this book, their knowledge about all the fish swimming in Lao waters.
It is most important to know that the country is landlocked and all the fish live in the Mekong river and its tributaries. That great stream runs from China in the north to the Falls of Khong to the south. It forms the border between Laos and Myanmar/Burma, and Laos and Thailand.
In the first part, going until page 96 the author introduces us into all the possible kinds of Laotian fishes. The masterful descriptions are accompanied by artfully created designs made by young Lao artists.
The impossible kinds he expertly explains to the yet "hooked" readers in the following chapter "Oddities and Mysteries".
So we learn about the revengeful Puffer Fish, the Fighting Fish, the Archer Fish who literally shoots insects out of the air, Electric Eels and the River Dragons! And finally the Mermaid of Laos aka the Dugong who nurtures its little ones from its breasts, being a mammal and not a fish!
At the beginning of the chapter about Cookery Mr Davidson introduces us to the traditional utensils and ingredients of the Lao fish cuisine.Read more ›