Bamboo Shoot Hunt

Our family went to the local temple, Wat Greensboro to Tum Boun (merit making) for our mom on mother’s day.  In the past, mother’s day had always been a huge gathering for our family, my mom had 8 girls so it was always a special day for her. I’m glad that all of us that live in North Carolina get to go to the temple this year.

We brought Kun 5, 5 pairs of candles and 5 pairs of flowers for worshiping.

This road is not as less traveled as I thought.  The bamboo shoots are on both side and you really have to look for it.

We’ve had very little rain this year, and as a result not as many bamboo shoot as last year.

This is called Seum, the tool of the trade for harvesting bamboo shoot.

I was too busy taking picture and video, so this is more than my fair share. 🙂


  1. This was wonderful. I found myself just listening to the Laos and not even bothering with the subtitles (and understanding enough).

    What I also liked a lot about this was that it was a video poem–with the music in the background, the dialogue exchanges, and the photography.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Jeffrey, I’m from the same region as Aon and her family, so my Tai Tai accent should be very familiar to you. It’s not very often that I get to do my video in Lao. 🙂

  2. Nye – hahahhahah That was funny… O ho mun bor man nor mai la… man gor pai la.. hahahah

    So.. finally got to hear your voice.. “farng taiy tair hoop si dai kin yu bor”?? hahahah hopefully, they did shared with you some of those bamboo shoots.

    • seeharhed, are you laughing at me or my sister? 🙂

      I can’t believe after growing up in Thailand and living in the US all these years, I still have a thick Tai Tai accent. Sometimes I think I sound like a kid, I must have sound like this on the phone also because someone once asked my co-worker “since when you hire a kid to answer the phone.” 🙂

      • Nye, I was laughing at both of you guys. Your thai tai accent sounds just like my buddy back in Hickory. He followed me to Laos and we took a road trip down south to his birthplace. I’ll try to write a blog about it later:-).

        • seeharhed, we do have many Tai Tai here in Hickory. I’m glad you find the humor in the video, it wouldn’t be the same without our conversations in the video, as you can see many uncut parts. 🙂

  3. Nye, watching your video of bamboo shoot hunt makes me want to have some “Mok naw mai.”

    It is time to beg my mom or my older sister to make some.

    • Kim, Mok naw mai sounds real good right now. I just boiled mine and not sure what I want to do with it yet, but it tasted real good just eating it with hot sauce and rice. 🙂

  4. I’ve helped my mom harvest the bamboo shoots a few time before, i would go help them hunt for it, well, more of i was forced to go as their driver, I dont see why, they call can drive. LOL I love to eat fresh bamboo shoots and most of all i love sour bamboo!

  5. Looks like a fun day. Until I think about about touching the sharp itchy bamboo leaves. I would need leather gloves and long sleeve clothing before bamboo huunting. 🙂

    • Cambree, when I was little, I thought Bamboo trees have thorns, maybe the one in Laos and Thailand? After I came out, my hair looked like a bird’s nest, a good thing I don’t have to take a picture of myself. I like your attire, and don’t forget the rubber boots. 🙂

  6. I didn’t get the chance to see the video until now. Looks like your sister didn’t need any gloves. She really is a pro bamboo hunter.

    And finally we get to hear the voice behind Nye Noona. Whenever I hear spoken Lao – it makes me feel at home. Much like eating sticky rice. Both very heart warming. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Cambree, Tai Tai accent, but mine is a mixed of some Thai Ubon in there also, not sure how. 🙂

      I asked my second sister about bamboo in Laos/Thailand and the bamboo trees have thorns, lots of thorns. But the ones grow in the village don’t have thorn, just like the one in the US. I think gardening gloves would be nice. 🙂

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