Sugar ນ້ຳຕານ nam taan

Sugar (on left) and msg, showing their different crystal structure
Sugar (on left) and msg, showing their different crystal structure
This is not used in Lao savoury cooking except for a pinch now and then to enhance the flavour in some stir fried dishes influenced by Thai or Chinese cuisine. It is also used in fer. Lao prefer a bitter taste or umami, the full flavour resulting from the use of monosodium glutamate. Sugar cane juice, however, is a very popular, refreshing drink and chewing on fresh cane is greatly enjoyed by village children.