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Khmu Food and a Recipe

Khmu Food

Laos is a Communist country. Communist governments often discourage people from any religion at all. But in some parts of Laos, local leaders encourage people to be Buddhists or spirit worshipers, and they try to stamp out Christianity. Christians from minority tribes are often especially picked on by officials.

Christians from the Khmu tribe are sometimes forced out of their homes and villages because of their faith. They lose their crops and have to start all over in a new area planting and growing food.

Khmu families are often poor. They eat food that they hunt or trap in the jungle. Khmu children like to eat squirrels, rats, and birds. Bamboo shoot soup is another favorite of Khmu children. Many learn to cook the soup when they are 10 or younger.

Here is one way to cook bamboo shoot soup that you can try. (The Khmu find bamboo shoots growing outside instead of in cans from a grocery store.)

Stir together a 14½-ounce can of chicken broth, a 14½-ounce can of cream of mushroom soup, and 14½ ounces of water in a soup pan. Add ½ teaspoon of chili powder, ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger. Stir with a whisk until well mixed. Drain two 4-ounce cans of mushrooms and two 8-ounce cans of bamboo shoots, and add them to the soup mixture. Simmer over low heat and serve when hot.

To find more stories about Khmu Christian children, read Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia in the free Download section.


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