Jaew Bong And Its Deliciousness
Why this Laotian condiment chili paste has become a hit with culinary enthusiasts around the world?
If you have ever been to Southeast Asia, Laos in particular, you have probably tasted the rich and flavorful Jaew Bong (pronounced “jail,” ) dipping sauce. The delicious paste is a staple in Lao cuisine, with more and more Westerners falling in love with the chili paste after visiting the area. It is packed with so many rich flavors it can be overwhelming. It is spicy, salty and sweet all at the same time and goes well with a variety of dishes. Jaew Bong (in Lao, it is referred to as ແຈ່ວບອງ). For hundreds of years, a Laotian Farmer or Fisherman would simply pack a small basket of sticky rice (which is a staple of Laos food), dried fish and jaew bong before heading out to work. Jaew Bong then and now can be kept in a room temperature and simply has a long shelf life. It is a condiment that takes any dish and makes it unforgettably scrumptious.
Sometimes seen as Jeow or Jaeo, there are different versions of the paste in Thailand and Cambodia, but its purpose is always the same – it is a dipping sauce that adds remarkable flavor to sticky rice or any other foods that are bland. The paste is an essential part of any Lao meal and the varieties are endless, ranging from simple blends of chili and salt to more in-depth recipes that are handed down from generation to generation in families.
Although there are many variations for the spicy paste, Jaew Bong in particular is a pickled chili paste that can be used with anything that a Westerner would usually eat with hot sauce or ketchup. And since it is pickled and the presence of chili, oil, salt and citrus acid, the paste stays fresh for several months at room temperature.
Most recently Western chefs have been using it as cooking oil… We urge you to explore your new go to kitchen secret weapon!
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