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Laos Style Mortar and Pestle

Laos Style Mortar and PestleLaos Style Mortar and Pestle
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Laos Style Mortar and Pestle
Laos Style Mortar and Pestle
Laos Style Mortar and Pestle

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  • Care and Use

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In Thailand, the mortar or khrok (ครก) and the pestle or sak/saak (สาก), is one of the most indispensable tools in the kitchen. The Laos Style Mortar and Pestles we carry are the terracotta version which is used with an extra-long hard wood pestle, included. The outside is glazed to enhance the natural tone of the clay, while the inside of the bowl is completely untreated and natural clay.

The mortar has an extra deep inner bowl to facilitate the pounded action which can be used to grind ingredients to make curry pastes, and has a large enough capacity to mix and lightly bruise ingredients when making something like Green Papaya Salad rather than grinding.  The Mortar is also used in curry paste preparation.

Item Number: TAI-7215-08
Dimensions (inches):  
Length: 8.0
Width: 8.0
Height: 6.5
Diameter: 7.5
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As with most handmade products by artisans around the world, the Laos Style Mortar and Pestle may have slight imperfections, and because of the glazing and firing process, the outside will have variations in color and may exhibit rough patches, however, these imperfection do not compromise the aesthetics or functionality of the pieces and are considered normal and to be expected. Likewise, sizes of same model may vary slightly.

The clay mortar should be cleaned after each use. Although the material is dishwasher-safe, it is not recommended, but rather it should be rinsed with warm water and wiped dry. In fact, you should not use soap unless absolutely necessary since the mortar and pestles is porous and soap can leave a residue that can affect the taste of the ingredients the next time you grind something. If grinding dry ingredients, it may be sufficient to simply clean out the bowl with a clean towel or paper towel.

The wooded pestle need s special care as the wood if left wet can grow mold or split and crack. Make sure it’s dried thoroughly before you store it.

For extra tough smells or stains, you can pour some dry white rice into the mortar and grind the rice. The rice will help in extracting the smell and removing stains. You might have to repeat the process a few times.

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad, or Tum mak hoong is a popular Lao dish that is fast becoming well known around the world for its unique spiciness and flavor. The term “tum” in Laos means to “smash and mix” which is why it is prepared in a Laos Style Mortar and Pestle.


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Saturday, 19 March 2016
I absolutely love this! The quality is amazing. It came wrapped in Thai newspaper and was packed really well. EXCELLENT price for what you`re getting. I used it to grind up some toasted sticky rice for laab the day that it came in the mail. I definitely recommend this if you`re looking for a solid Laos style Mortar & pestle.
Kelly M.
Monday, 18 January 2016
This is the REAL deal. I saw some for like $120!!!! This is a very inexpensive cooking accessory for any Thai, Laos, Vietnamese, name it country cooking. This is what they use every single day...sometimes several times a day. They are again...very basic, rudimentary design and considered a inexpensive cooking accessory. I use it for Som Tum, Larb Gai (yes I mash and mix mine after cooking) and several other salad dishes. Also use it for some mixing of non salad type dishes...its the real deal.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Well it`s pretty good mortar & pestle, but I just wish the mortar a little bigger, it kinda looks bigger on the picture
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