The foods that represent the North for many people are khao soi and northern-style laab, but in considering the roles that each of these dishes plays in the daily life of the country's northerners, it is probably laab that is the region's truer culinary symbol. It is the one dish that is a part of every meal, although others will be served together with it (just as in the Central region, where a number of different items make up every meal).
GROUND DOWN: Left, the seasonings used to make northern-style ‘laab’, and right, the finished dish.
Since laab is eaten with sticky rice, the two together resemble a Central Thai nam prik combo.
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