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Friday, January 14, 2011

Food Trip Friday 053: Happy-herbed beef la’ap

 

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Khmer children's party Last week, my husband and I got our first invitation for 2011 – it’s for a birthday party of my former colleague’s son and daughter. Unlike the usual Khmer parties where a tent is put up in the street in front of their house, my friend and her husband, both middle-class kids, opted to hold their kids’ party in a restaurant with over 100 guests invited. Still, it is a birthday party Khmer style with a live band and entertainers taking turn to, well, sing Khmer songs and entertain the crowd. Each table sits 10 people. A table doesn’t get served if there are still empty seats so it is common to see people eating while others sat and wait. Oftentimes, you are seated with people you do not know from Adam.   Anyways, it was a formal, sit-down, six-course meal consisting of Chinese-Khmer dishes. There were cold cuts, fried battered seafoods, tasty seaweed soup, a huge steamed fish, and this beef la’ap:

It has some roasted ground glutinous rice that added a nice texture to it. My husband said he felt a sudden urge to smile for no apparent reason after eating beef la’ap. He thought that some “happy herbs” – if you know what I mean *winks* – might’ve been thrown in for added flavour... *lol* Because I don’t like beef that much, I only sampled a tiny slice of beef, so I didn’t feel what he felt. Oh, and by the way, one interesting thing about this Khmer-style multi-courses meals is that the rice is served last, just before the dessert!

13 comments:

Gizelle said...

I seriously need to try something Khmer...my hubby has a penchant not the usual fare food....baka sumaya din sya pag natikman ito :D

Three-Cookies said...

Beef la'ap looks interesting and appetising. Now I want to try it:) Interesting that rice is served last, before dessert. Is it meant to be a palate cleanser?

Luna Miranda said...

"happy herbs" sounds quite interesting.:p i'm curious with Khmer cuisine, too...i haven't seen any Khmer resto here.

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Mariuca said...

Oh my, plenty of chilli, just the way I love it.. spicy! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend! :D

Lui said...

wow that is really yummy. when they do beef like that i could eat it. the herbs and the you know what i thinks makes me forget about the smell..

♥FoodTripFriday♥ said...

wow! Happy herb,pangalan pa lang ng dish, mapapasaya ka na, :D

Holiday mood ka pa rin sa badge sis ha, :D

Arlene said...

Khmer served food at the end of the meal? that is nice. so mga maliit bewang mga tao dun? that;s chinese din eh. The eat fruits before the start of the meal and the rice later in the meal. Kaya di ako medyo malaki dun. and later i also learned to order my ulam sabay na rice. then they know am a foreigner. lol!

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happy weekend, Z!

Arlene

Arlene said...

Khmer served food at the end of the meal? that is nice. so mga maliit bewang mga tao dun? that;s chinese din eh. The eat fruits before the start of the meal and the rice later in the meal. Kaya di ako medyo malaki dun. and later i also learned to order my ulam sabay na rice. then they know am a foreigner. lol!

i just sent you a message at postcrossing.

happy weekend, Z!

Arlene

Clarissa said...

Ganyan din dito sa Japan,palaging nahuhuli ang rice--pag nagpupunta kami sa yakiniku res palaging sabay ang kanin at ulam.Would love to try Beef la'ap din!

Happy 2011 din to you and your family dear^_^

Pepe said...

Amo ni ya ang gusto ko nga blog damo pagkaon ha ha....!

anne said...

Uhmmm I always love beef especially when it is cook tender. Visiting you here through Bloggers Exchange

pinkstilettos said...

the food looks yummy if without the chili. lol. im not into spicy foods eh. :))

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Visiting from TBE and followed your blog

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