<div class="field-abstract row"><div class="field field-name-field-abstract field-type-text-long field-label-hidden">Sticky rice, fresh vegetables, mountains of fresh herbs, fish and meat, fish sauce, chilli, spices, fruit and more sticky rice... one of the wonderful features of the Lao diet is the almost complete absence of processed foods. Ironically, it’s the poor economic status of this small, landlocked South-East Asian country that has kept its cuisine fresh, vibrant and healthy for hundreds of years. Lao's culinary offering includes universal hits, like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/steamed-fish-banana-leaf" target="_blank">steamed fish in banana leaf</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/pork-laap-salad-laap-muu" target="_blank">pork laap salad</a>, alongside options for the adventurous eater, such as <a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/ducks-blood-salad" target="_blank">duck's blood salad</a>.&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2013/02/14/about-lao-food" target="_blank">Read more</a></em></div></div>