Grilled Pork Marinated in Garlic, Coriander and Pepper Served with Spicy Hot and Sour Tomato Relish
(หมูย่างแจ่วมะเขือเทศ ; muu yang jeo ma kheuua thaeht)
The northeast region of Thailand, bordered with Laos in the north and Cambodia in the east, is a rough land to work. Issan, as it known in Thai, suffers droughts and deficiencies, the land gets really dry and unforgiving making in some area the digging for mineral salt a better business than agriculture.
Issan food is made from bricks of simplicity. It reflects its people coarse life and is in general pungent and hot. Eaten with sticky rice, only very little is required to flavor the rice in the hands of the entire family. I love the rustic Issan food and I own a sincere admiration to their culinary ingenuity.