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Jeow Bong 500g bag

Jeow Bong 500g bag

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Jeow Bong, also known as Jaew Bong, is a delightful Lao chili paste that originates from Luang Prabang, Laos. Let me share some interesting details about this flavorful condiment:

  1. Flavor Profile:

    • Jeow Bong is a sweet and savory chili paste with an earthy, spicy taste.
    • Its ingredients typically include dry chili peppers, garlic, shallots, galangal, fish sauce, and buffalo skin.
    • The paste strikes a balance between spiciness, sweetness, and umami, making it a versatile addition to various dishes.
  2. Origins:

    • Jeow Bong hails from the Northeastern menus of Luang Prabang, a city located near the Mekong River.
    • Traditionally, it accompanies sticky rice and fresh vegetables, but it’s also used in stir-fries, soups, and as a marinade.
  3. Taste and Pairings:

    • The paste’s intense flavors come from chilies, garlic, shallots, and galangal.
    • When paired with blander accompaniments like sticky rice or vegetables, it adds richness and depth.
    • Although it has a kick, the heat level can be adjusted by varying the amount of dry chilies used in the recipe.
  4. Other Names:

    • Due to translations from Lao script to English, Jeow Bong goes by various monikers:
      • Luang Prabang chili sauce
      • Jaow Bong
      • Jaew Bong
      • Jaeo Bong
      • Jel Bong
      • Gel Bong
  5. Pronunciation:

    • Jeow Bong is pronounced like “cheo” (rhyming with “gel”), while “Bong” is pronounced as it appears.
  6. Serving and Accompaniments:

    • Jeow Bong is commonly enjoyed with:
      • Khao Niew (sticky rice)
      • Sai Kok (pork sausage)
      • Steamed fish
      • Vegetables
      • Grilled meats
      • Grilled river algae sheets (kai paen)
      • Grilled gee sin lod beef (traditionally in Laos).

Next time you’re craving bold flavors, consider adding some authentic Jeow Bong to your meal—it’s a true taste of Lao cuisine! 🌶️🍚.


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