Laos is one of Asian homes, consists distinctive cuisines similar to neighboring countries; Thailand & Vietnam. Most of dishes are based one fresh vegetables/herbs, river fishes, local poultry, beef and sometimes combine glorious spices. However, Western food set is very rare to be seen at some houses even the French colony ruled over the country for many decades. In this page, we’re going to list the main typical Laos dishes you should try when you visit Laos.
Laab (Larb) is unofficial national cuisine of Laos, originally derives from Northern Thailand. It’s a kind of Laos meat salad mixing of chopped beef or pork or chicken or fish stirring with roasted rice, shallots, lime juice, fish sauce, chili, fresh vegetable, mints and coriander. Laab is often served as spicy as you like.
2). Khao Niew (Sticky Rice)
Traditionally flipped over in the gorgeous woven basket, Khao Niew or Sticky Rice always comes with every meal followed by vegetables and a kind of sauce that you use your hand to mop into small balls then dip into the sauce and serve it yourself.
3). Sai Oua (Lao Sour Sausage)
Sai Oua is the most popular Laotian sausage made either from miced pork or beef, seasoned with kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, pepper, salt, chilies, garlic, shallots and galangal etc. Basically, it’s served in a plate together with Khao Niew (sticky rice) and flavored with fish sauce.
4). Tam Mak Hoong (Papaya Salad)
Similar to Thailand’s papaya salad, Laos papaya salad is not much as spicy as Thai’s ones. Made from grated raw papaya and mixing of lime juice, garlic, chili, peanuts, sugar, dry shrimps, fermented fish sauce, and green tomato is an option to add up. Don’t just miss it out when you’re in Laos.
5). Khao Piak Sen (Lao Noodle Soup)
Must try this typical Lao breakfast. Quite similar to Pho in Vietnam, popularly it’s eaten by locals as the main breakfast for their daily life. Khao Piak Sen is made from rice noodle and served in a bowl with beef (or chicken) broth and followed by a separate garnish; holy basil, bean sprout, chili oil, lime juice and cilantro.
6). Khao Jee (Baguettes)
Khao Jee is the famous baguette sandwich and can be found at every street corner in Luang Prabang and it is considered as one of the main breakfast in Laos. The French Lao baguette is split in half and filled with fresh lettuce, sliced tomatoes, carrot, onion and optional cheese, chopped ham and topped with pate or chili sauce.
Hot tea or coffee is easily found in Laos even at local houses while fresh fruit juices, boxed juices, soft drinks, spirits, cocktails, alcohol and wine can be found at your hotels, most restaurants especially at the main tourist sites. When in Laos, Beer Lao is popularly remarkable, it is the first choice for you when you want to drink local beer. We’re sure you will love it.
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