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In search of Lao sausage

ritabwh Dec 6, 2011 07:31 PM

i had Lao Sausage for the very first time, and i loved it.
where can i get some? i live in lynnwood and tried ranch 99 with no luck.
will i have to head into seattle to find an ethnic market that sells Lao Sausage?

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    chococat RE: ritabwh Dec 7, 2011 09:26 AM

    Have you tried going to a local Lao restaurant and asking them if they make it in house and will sell you some, or if they buy a commercial product? There are a few in the area, I've had good food at Savatdee on Roosevelt and 60-somethingth.

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      ritabwh RE: chococat Dec 8, 2011 07:33 PM

      good idea, but it looks like i am going to have to head south to seattle to find a lao restaurant.
      i was really hoping to avoid the drive to seattle and further south.
      i wonder if lao sausage is different from thai sausage? those thai have a sausage?
      please excuse my ignorance.

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        yummyrice RE: ritabwh Jun 28, 2012 12:02 AM

        In reality, there's no such thing as a "Thai sausage". Those sausages sold at Thai restaurants are actually Lao sausages (either bought at ethnic markets that sell Lao sausages, bought from Lao sausage distributors, or made in-house using recipes for Lao sausages). Thai people typically eat Chinese sausages (sweet sausages) and Lao sausages (spicy and with herbs). Because of the increasing popularity of Lao sausages at both Lao restaurants and Thai restaurants, there are now Chinese companies that actually make their own Lao sausages and distribute them to various Asian markets including Chinese ones.

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          ritabwh RE: yummyrice Jul 1, 2012 11:19 AM

          yummy, thank you for the information. this is very helpful

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            guanubian RE: yummyrice Mar 29, 2013 02:45 PM

            Naem (nam) sausage, neither sweet nor spicy, is Thai sausage.

      2. paulj RE: ritabwh Dec 7, 2011 09:44 AM

        I have bought it frozen from HMart (at least in the past, not recently). Look around the Hawaiian frozen meats section. I've also bought a Hmong sausage. What I recall is fresh style sausage, well flavored with ginger and lemon grass.

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          ritabwh RE: paulj Dec 8, 2011 07:35 PM

          thank you paul.
          i will head to HMart next day off. i wonder if boohan market would carry it? i haven't looked there yet.
          as usual, you are a wealth of info for our neck of the woods.

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            paulj RE: ritabwh Dec 8, 2011 07:49 PM

            I haven't seen anything like this at Boohan. They don't branch out much beyond Korean (just a bit in the dry goods area). Star Produce (near Trader Joes) is a good source of SE Asian items (I think the owners are Vietnamese). But I haven't sausages like this there.

            Come to think of it, there is a Vietnamese deli next to Boohan. I've looked once, but haven't bought anything.

            Where did you have sausage? I'm tempted to get some ground pork (Rogers or DD), and spice it with galangal, lemon grass etc.

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              paulj RE: paulj Dec 9, 2011 11:35 PM

              I made a paste of galangal, grated ginger, shallot, hot pepper, culantro, lemon grass, and fish sauce - and used it to season some unseasoned ground pork. Then I just fried it as a large patty. I haven't had the store bought version in some time, so I can't compare it directly, but it was a tasty alternative to more European style sausages.

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                ritabwh RE: paulj Dec 11, 2011 10:13 PM

                i had the sausage at Safrron Deli in Issaquah, at a meetup lunch.
                seattle deli next to boohan has one of my favorite special banh mi sandwiches, and lots of sausages, pates, etc. etc. but i never noticed anything like a Lao sausage.

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                paulj RE: ritabwh Dec 10, 2011 02:00 PM

                I couldn't find it anymore at HMart. That freezer section just has Hawaiian Portuguese and Philippine sausages. Must not have been enough of a market.

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                  ritabwh RE: paulj Dec 11, 2011 10:18 PM

                  drat! now i have to figure out what i want at H mart to get that free K Chronicles calendar.
                  i work in bellevue. maybe bellevue uwajimaya will carry it.
                  asians associates at work are very interested in this sausage. we have a very diverse asian population, but no one from Laos. vietnamese associates are curious. she is going to check out some markets in renton. i think my best bet is going to be bellevue/east side.
                  i love having a mission.

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                    paulj RE: ritabwh Dec 11, 2011 10:36 PM

                    I just found this on the Mpls board - a brief debate about types of Lao sausage

            2. dagoose RE: ritabwh Dec 7, 2011 04:59 PM

              I'm afraid I couldn't tell you that far north, but in Seattle, the Mekong market on Rainier has that sort of thing, as well as the Lao market, further south (on MLK?) called Ventianne.

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                PeteSeattle RE: dagoose Dec 8, 2011 12:57 PM

                I second Dagoose's recommendation. A Lao market would exist in a Lao community, which exists in Rainier Valley but not in North Seattle, which is more where Koreans seem to live. And Mekong and Ventianne are both specifically Lao community markets, although I've shopped at Mekong before. Nice banana pancakes. Makes you think of a jungle market rather than the sterile perfection of Uwajimaya, which is nearly surgical. (and about as appetizing as hospital food)

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                  paulj RE: PeteSeattle Dec 8, 2011 01:00 PM

                  The frozen sausage that I found at HMart was from Minnesota (HMong territory).

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                  ritabwh RE: dagoose Dec 8, 2011 07:42 PM

                  dagoose, thanks. i'm learning that lao does not go this far north.
                  i need to brush up on the SE Asia map...cambodia, laos, vietnam...and thailand?
                  lots of vietnamese and thai restaurants here, but i am sure neither of them are similar at all with lao cuisine.

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                    dagoose RE: ritabwh Dec 9, 2011 09:14 AM

                    If you have a northern thai (issan) restaurant, then it is likely very similar to lao food (/is lao food). The only northern thai restaurants I know of though, are Savatdee, as mentioned above, Thai Palms, and Vieng thong, all of which are Seattle.

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                      equinoise RE: dagoose Dec 9, 2011 11:21 AM

                      It's been a while now, but I really enjoyed the Lao-style sausages at Thai Palms. Don't know if they sell them uncooked to-go, but they told me they were housemade.

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                        PeteSeattle RE: dagoose Dec 9, 2011 12:06 PM

                        I had thought that Vieng Thong was a Lao restaurant. Certainly the name is Lao and not Thai, although I can't explain why I know that. It could be that the words LAO RESTAURANT are written in English right beside them, and I've only paid slight attention all this time. I've been driving past the Vieng Thong for 12 years. It's on MLK just north of its intersection with Rainier Ave South, I think.

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                          tsquare RE: PeteSeattle Dec 9, 2011 04:11 PM

                          Their sign says "Lao-Thai Restaurant" and that is consistent with their menu.

                    2. re: dagoose
                      equinoise RE: dagoose Jun 26, 2012 10:05 PM

                      Yes, Ventiane. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855686

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                      PeteSeattle RE: ritabwh Dec 11, 2011 01:17 PM

                      In the mid-70's in college my best friend was a Laotian. He told a story about the time that his friends and he made chicken soup. They put a potherbs in it. Krishna said he was lucky because he only picked out the meat of the chicken. They gave the soup stock to a dog, and "Dog sleep all day!" He often used to miss what he called "sticky rice." It seems the potherbed chicken was a recipe they only tried once.

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