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Laos Cuisine

Dishes are a blend of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese in flavour and presentation but Lao food lacks the variety that many of the cuisines from surrounding countries offer. The cheapest and easiest way to sample Lao food is from the stalls in the markets - as long as the food is fresh and hot it will be safe to eat. Traditionally, Lao food is very spicy – Lao people will often add chillies by the fistful and use heavy seasoning - but this kick is often tempered for the western palate. Fish sauce is often used to flavour dishes.

There are several fairly good French restaurants in Vientiane, catering mainly for the diplomatic community, and Luang Prabang, which has recently seen something of a culinary revival. In touristy areas the usual traveller fare will be available, so expect to see menus offering muesli, chow mien, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, curries, pancakes and fritters. Green tea, is usually served weak and free in most restaurants, water tends to be filtered and providing it is, it will be safe to drink.

 

Famous Foods in Laos
Famous Foods in Laos

The staple food of Lao cuisine is sticky rice, which Lao people consume...

Tips for Dining in Laos
Tips for Dining in Laos

Laos cuisine is different from other cuisines in the Southeast...

Sticky rice
Sticky rice

Sticky rice, which is considered as the essential food of the Lao...

Tam Mak Hoong (Papaya Salad)
Tam Mak Hoong (Papaya Salad)

This Lao creation is similar to Thai som tam, but it has fermented fish...

Sien Savanh (Lao Beef Jerky)
Sien Savanh (Lao Beef Jerky)

Sundried beef strips, good with Beer Lao or as a snack. Made from beef...

Larb
Larb

‘Zesty’ sums up this mouthwatering meat-based salad. A...

Lao Sausage
Lao Sausage

Also known as ‘sai oua’, Lao sausage makes a pleasant...

Khao Poon (Rice Vermicelli Soup)
Khao Poon (Rice Vermicelli Soup)

Lao noodle soup, made with long-simmered chili-and-meat-based soup...

Khao Jee Sandwich (Baguette Sandwich)
Khao Jee Sandwich (Baguette Sandwich)

Almost every street corner has a vendor selling this French-Lao fusion....

Kaipen (Fried Seaweed) with Jaew Bong
Kaipen (Fried Seaweed) with Jaew Bong

A popular snack, Kaipen is made of freshwater green algae, peppered...

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