5 Best Laos Foods Of All Time

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Tam Mak Houng
Tam Mak Houng

Probably Lao cuisine is not an outstanding representative in the culinary map of Southeast Asia. However, there are many impressive and delicious dishes that you will immediately fall in love with. Herein under are 5 best Laos food of all time that we recommend you to try at least once:

Papaya salad with its special and strong flavor is one of the symbols of Laos cuisine
Papaya salad with its special and strong flavor is one of the symbols of Laos cuisine

1. Sticky rice (Klao niaw)

Rice is popular and highly appreciated in Laos, especially sticky rice.

Members in a family in Laos often eat rice from a big bowl together or each one has their own bowl but they specially eat sticky rice by hand. When eating sticky rice, Laotian make it into small balls and then use it as a spoon to dredge and herded sauce and other food into the mouth.

sticky rice
sticky rice

The famous chef Deinla from Phu Doi restaurant in Luang Prabang shared the secret to creating a perfect sticky rice dish: “sticky rice should be soaked overnight, then rinsed several times before being steamed in a bamboo basket “.

In addition, you can enjoy another fascinating way of cooking sticky rice: Khao Lam (the rice is put inside a bamboo tube and baked directly with fire).

2. Laap

Laap
Laap

In Lao, Laap means good luck and beautiful wishes. Raw materials to make this dish could be beef, pork, chicken … mixed with chopped liver and spices such as lemon juice, chilli, galangal. Once mixed, Laap will be served with lettuce, , lettuce, cowpea… all are blended together creating extremely attractive aroma and giving us an unforgettable experience.

3. Tam Mak Houng

Papaya salad in Laotian called Tam Maak Houng.

Tam Mak Houng
Tam Mak Houng

Papaya to make this dish should be in suitable condition. After being grated into small fibers, papaya will be milled gently. Spices include lemon juice, shrimp sauce, eggplant, pepper, chili. When eating papaya salad of Laos, the aroma of spices mixed with the sour taste will bring a special flavor which í unlike any dishes in any other place. Most restaurants and cafes in Laos serve this dish.

4. Crispy bread (French style)

Crispy bread
Crispy bread

In the past, Laos used to be a part of French colonial in a long time, that’s why French cuisine is very popular in Laos and can easily be found everywhere, especially in restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. In particular, crispy French bread or baguette is a popular breakfast dish of Laotian. The baguette is dipped into milk coffee or eaten with fried eggs or pate.

5. Khausoy

Khausoy is one of the most famous dishes in Luang Prabang, which look similar to Vietnamese Pho (noodle). Khausoy requires less ingredient, simple processing and tastes very delicious. Khausoy broth is just boiled water.

Khausoy
Khausoy

After put noodle and boiled water into a bowl, put khausoy on and it is served with vegetables, raw spinach, shallots, pepper, chili. Khausoy is the most important ingredient of this dish, which is made of minced pork mixed with garlic, tomatoes and spices.

Tips to discover Lao cuisine:

  • If you have an interest in learning how to cook the dish in Laos, there are many cookery centers in Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
  • To experience more deeply about cuisine and food sources in Laos, you can visit organic farms in Vang Vieng.
  • Sylvie, a French-Japanese chef has lived in Laos since 1996, the owner of Coconut Garden restaurant (Luang Prabang) and Kua Lao (Vientiane), provides you with excellent delicacies of the cuisine of Laos.
  • Phu Doi Restaurant at Kiridara (Luang Prabang) is the ideal place for you to enjoy the delights of Laos and look at charming landscape of Mount Phou Si.
  • For travelers who love street food, a small alley in the west of Luang Prabang Night Market could be the ideal place. Here, you can enjoy many delicacies Laos at an extremely cheap price.

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