Laotian cuisine—hot, tangy, and heavy on pungent fresh herbs and mellowing sticky rice—is hard to find in this country. So we count ourselves lucky to have this kitchen, which deftly juggles dishes from both northern Thailand and Laos. Focus on the rice dishes, from a crispy-rice salad with shredded coconut, ham, and plenty of lime to a rice paste fragrant with lemongrass and ginger that you swaddle in lettuce leaves.
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