When there is a party or a big gathering for Lao people living in the USA, you can always find plenty of Lao food dishes next to western cuisines. Some of the must have dishes are yum salad, bamboo shoot soup, minced meat or chicken salad (Laap Sien or Laap Kai), some sort of chili dipping sauce (Jeow), and plenty of steamed sticky rice.

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For me a must have dish for any gathering is Lao Green Papaya Salad aka Tam Mak Hoong and grilled food like Ping Kai (grilled chicken) or Tod Kai (fried chicken). A favorite dish for the young and old at my family get together is always the simple but delicious bowl of Khao Poon.