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!