Homemade Khao Piak Sen or Lao Rice Noodle Soup made by my aunt in Champassak, Laos. It was a big pot, enough to feed three families living near one another. That’s how it is in Laos, when one family is making something good to eat, sharing with other relatives is how it has always been and hopefully will be.

I ate a bowl of Khao Piak Sen with herbs and vegetables that usually on a table when serving Feu noodle soup. My cousins were dipping chili peppers and string beans in Kapi (shrimp paste) but I ate the noodle soup just the way it is, simple and plain but delicious enough.