1-Leanne Mounvongkam prepares herbs for Naap Pa, a Northern Lao fish dish (Photo: Amy Kitchener)


1-Leanne Mounvongkam prepares herbs for Naap Pa, a Northern Lao fish dish (Photo: Amy Kitchener)
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Leanne Mounvongkham, master chef of North Lao cuisine, mixing specialty herbs and essential ingredients for Naap Pa, a fish dish.  Main ingredients include chili pepper, garlic, onion leaves, mak kan (Lao herb seeds found in the Northern region of Laos).  These ingredients are blended/mixed together with a mortar and pestle.  Once completely mixed, the ingredients are poured onto the chopped fish.