Put the utensils down and get your hands sticky
The fastest way to sound the Falang (foreigner) alarm in Laos is to try to eat your sticky rice with a knife and fork. So put the utensils down and dig in with your hands. Grab a small chunk of rice from the little basket, lightly squeeze it into a ball in your hand, and then half-flatten it. Use this and your thumb to scoop up your laap, your jaew bong, or your som pak. Just make sure you wash your hands afterward--you'll avoid getting chili in your eye!