Lao Food: From Laap to Bottom

Check out some of the delicious Lao food I shoved down my face in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Thakhek, and Don Det. Lao food isn’t as famous as Vietnamese or Thai cuisine, but there are some really tasty local dishes that are right up there with the best meals in Southeast Asia. You can see the slideshow below:


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The most famous national dish, and my favorite one that I tried, is Laap (AKA Larb and Larp). It is a meat salad that generally has chicken, fish, pork, duck, mushroom, and other herbs. I ate it with rice and rolled it up in a leaf of lettuce, similar to eating Bahn Xeo in Vietnam. If you like spicy food, this is a great thing to try.

My other favorite dish was an eggplant curry from the night market in Luang Prabang. It was even more spicy than the Laap, but it gives you that nice, satisfying sweat of a proper Lao meal.

Luang Prabang Night Market Food

As I mentioned earlier, most of the best local food I tried was in the Luang Prabang food night market. Specifically, there was one stand where all of the local people were getting food, but no foreigners were eating. This is how we picked it out as the vendor to try. You can see a short clip of the ladies at the stand serving to-go bags to the local people who came in waves. Prepared with around 20 different dishes to serve, these ladies know how to cook. We went back to them every night for four nights in a row.

Overall

Through the country there is a ton curry, fried rice, noodle, and soup dishes that are worth trying. They aren’t exactly specific to Laos, but they have there own spin on it that makes it a little different. You need to try to try the national dish, Laap, and anything else you can get yours hands one when you find the right restaraunt or street vendor with the local favorites.

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