NAMGNUM DAMP FISH FOOD
“Fish salad, Fish soup and steamed fish
If these above food are not delicious, it must be depended on
the skill of the cooks or the consumerrs don’t know how to eat !”
After the Namgnum damp was newly constructed, Vientiane people said that the fish from Namgnum are not so delicious, (Laos people prefer to eat fish, so they know well that where the fish caught from, are delicious). But at the present time, all accept that namgnum fish are delicious not less than the other sources. Fish from Namgnum are daily sent to sell in Vientiane. The fishmen catch them and sell to the merchants in the morning. The fish catching area is far from the port of Namgnum for some kilometers. The merchants use the ice to keep the fish before going to the markets. It takes 2-3 hours to take them to Namgnum port, then sent them to the Vientiane markets by containers. The fish reach Vientiane markets in the afternoon and it is not so fresh, and delicious. To have the fresh ones, people should go to Namgnum in the holidays. there are many tourists and sometimes the parking area is full.
To touch the almosphere of the air in the lake called Geneva sea to Asian, to see the lives of the fishermen. After we departed from Vangvieng, we spent a night in Namgnum guesthouse. Previously, there were not available guest house, but today there are enough rooms for accommadations. In that evening, we entered to one of the restaurant located on the shore, in fact there are many restaurants and some are on the floating boats. Before there were one big boat restuarant but now it is out of business since the boat is very old.
We did not order the food in advance, so the beautiful waitress showed us the menu. Siri ordered Giant fish salad, while P.Phouangsaba ordered grilled fish and Thanong sack Vongsackda ordered the cat fish soup and roated fish and tomatoes sauce. Seeing many types of vegetables, species mixing with fish salad made the saliva dropping, eating the sticky rice and Lao beers. All said it was so delicious. Fish meat made us to be healtheir, pleasent and good hearts. The beautiful waitresses are waiting to serve the hard drinks. Siri Sayaseng told us that there are many kind of Lao food, but there is no need to order to many types at the same time. If we order so, we do not know which type is the best fish food.
Along the way back to the guesthouse, we bought some of banana, each bunch costed 5,000 to 7,000 kips. We spent the night by listening to the waves and seeing the light of the stars brithtening on the surface of the river and the light of the people to collect the fish far away from the small islands. These made us to think about the path of lives and sleep under the nature. This is the special happy life that it can not be arranged easily. Earlier, the next morning we toured by boat to admire the water nature and to see the fishmen catching fish. Along the river we also see the birds flying over the sky. They also hunt for fish like the fish men.
Another information about Laos: Nature in Laos