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Fah Thai Magazine Nov-Dec 2018

HAPPENINGS LAOS LUANG

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 128 Scan Me