Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

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HAPPENINGS

LAOS

LUANG PRABANG

SPOTLIGHT

A Day In

A Farmer’s Life

More than 80 per cent of Lao

people engage in farming

activities, and “Living Land Lao”

organic farm just outside Luang

Prabang helps visitors experience

the traditional Lao farm life. This

arable farm prides itself on a

“hands-on” approach: visitors

are encouraged to experience

how rice is grown and cultivated.

A budding farmer can sign up

for a home-stay programme

for a night or two, and get a taste

of agricultural life. Plowing a rice

paddy involves negotiating with

the meek yet occasionally stubborn

water buffalo with a plough. Set

in the idyllic village and classic

countryside, Living Land Lao also

offers a half-day programme for

those who want to watch and try

to understand fun and educational

farm practices. Living Land Lao

is a must-do in Luang Prabang

since it offers a chance to integrate

in the life of the locals, and

providing fascinating insights into

rice growing in Laos. Ban Phong Van,

Luang Prabang, +85620 55199 208,

livinglandlao.org

RESURRECTING LOST RECIPES

Michelin star Chef Bongoch Satongun,

also known as “Chef Bee”, has reinvented

historical Lao cuisine into a fine dining

experience at “Paste Laos” – a newly-opened

restaurant in Luang Prabang. Chef Bee is

noted for her culinary art beyond “Paste”,

a one Michelin Star restaurant in Bangkok,

and “Paste Laos” is her culinary expansion

of Lao cuisine. Located inside The Apasara,

a small and beautiful hotel with a French

colonial accent, Paste Laos promises to

bring Luang Prabang’s long-lost recipes

to the modern and fine dining scene.

Some menus are inspired by the royal

cookery book of Phia Sing – a Lao chef who

served the royal family in Luang Prabang’s

Royal Palace in the mid 20th century. A

signature dish is Kalee Ped – Lao Duck

Curry – where the royal chef made it more

complex than the Thai version due to the

combination of French and Lao cooking

techniques. Chef Bee brings more than

just skill, creativity and experience to the

Paste Laos experience. Her family heritage

traces back across northern Thailand

and Laos, providing the very important

genetic connection required to decode and

represent these complex natural flavours.

Kingkitsarath Road, Ban Wat Sene, Luang

Prabang, pastelaos.com

TIME FOR CINEPHILES

The annual Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) returns to Laos’

ancient capital on December 7-12, transforming the fabled

riverside town into a fascinating open-air cinema. The festival,

which celebrates Southeast Asian cinema every December at

the UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a range of feature

film screenings, short film programmes, public discussions,

and events. This year’s Spotlight will focus on the Indonesian

film industry. Curated by KOLEKTIF Project Manager Gayatri

Nadya, the programme will offer audiences a full day of

programming and lively discussions from leading Indonesian

film experts and filmmakers. 7-12 December 2018, lpfilmfest.org

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