SLIDE SHOW: In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food

By Jarrett Wrisley
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A-Nong, Thew and Lily.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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The Dao, a small, simple grill that is the principal cooking instrument in Isaan and Laos.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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When the glutinous rice starts to smoke and blister, it's done.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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Toasted rice, and roasted dried chilies, before being ground.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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A-Nong's weathered mortar and pestle is used for almost every meal; it's an indispensable tool.

Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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The first dish we cooked, called moo yang naam tok. (See recipe here ).
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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Pieces of marinated pork are grilled high above the coals, very slowly.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .
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This part of Thailand is farm country.
Jarrett Wrisley travels to Northern Thailand and learns how to cook the Isaan way in
In Thailand's Northeast, Simple, Honest Food .

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http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/03/slide-show-in-thailands-northeast-simple-honest-food/36727/