There are many Lao dishes out there — but when it comes to eating in general, what are some action words associated with it?
At a Lao food gathering or at a kitchen, here are some verbs you might hear!
So, ແຊ່ /saae/ is more of a food preparation term, but I added it in to contrast⠀
with the word for ຈຸ່ມ /juum/ which means “rinse” in a similar fashion (short time).⠀
Another word that I hear often when eating fish is ໄຈ້/ໄຈ້ອອກ /jai aawk/ which⠀
means to “isolate” or in the case of eating fish — to “debone” it. ⠀
Note: sometimes the word ເອົາ /ow/ “to take” is added after the verb to indicate the action.⠀
ຄົນ /kon/ = to stir
Note: many words in Lao have different meanings. ຄົນ /kon/ can also be a classifier for people.
ຖອກ /thaawk/ = to pour
ພັນ /pang/ = to wrap
ຈ້ຳ /jam/ = to dip quickly
ແຊ່ /saae/ = to soak⠀
ຕັກ /dtak/ = to scoop (food)
ຊົດ /sot/ = to scoop (broth)