The Southeast Asian countries have gained enormous fame for their tasty and unique cuisine. If you have tried Vietnamese and Thais food and are totally into them, you might get to like Lao dishes as well because the cuisines from these neighboring countries are quite affected and inspired by each other.
Here are some suggestions for you to try when traveling to Laos
If you can’t get enough of banh mi from Vietnam, you should try Khao Lee as well. Kao Lee is somehow similar to Banh Mi, they are sandwich-like French baguette filled with meat, pate, lettuce carrot and tomatoes. It is a very popular food which you can find anywhere in Laos street.
Laab (Minced Meat Salad)
Laab is one of the most common and favored in Laos. It has an easy-to-cook recipe, which is the reason for its popularity. This salad is made of chopped meat which usually is pork, chicken, beef, duck or fish. Minced meat is later seasoned with lime juice, garlic, shallot, chilies and fish sauce. Laap is served with aromatic herbs like mint or coriander. Laab comes into two options, raw and cooked. Raw variation usually uses fish and duck as the main ingredient.
Tam Mak Hoong (Papaya Salad)
You might feel familiar with this dish if you have traveled to Thailand before. Even having a Laos origin, Tam Mak Hoong has been exported to other regions and became well-known, but not many people know about the original version of Laos. Unripe green papaya is crunched and added with palm sugar, lime, fish sauce, peanuts, and chilies. Soft-shelled crab, pickled fish sauce (padek) and Makok are optional. It best goes with sticky rice.
Khao Niaw (Sticky Rice)
Rice is one of the essential dishes of Laotian cuisine. Sticky rice is contained in a woven basket. It is a very important dish in the table which could go well with everything. Quick option and possibly the best option for you is to eat khao niaw with jeow – a mixture of tomatoes, chilies, and peanuts.
Khao Piak Sen (Noodle Soup)
Khao Piak Sen is basically the Laotian version of pho – flat rice noddles soaked in broth and served with herbs. But unlike pho, khao piak sen’s broth is not added with aromatic additions like cinnamon bark, ginger, fried shallots. You can choose to add like liver, heart, and tongue to your bowl of khao piak sen.
Sai Oua is unlike any sausage you have ever tried in your entire life. Made from chopped pork, mixed with ginger, fish sauce, lemongrass, lime and lot of garlic, sai oua gave us a unique taste. Sai oua is one of the musts that you can easy found in the streets of Laos. Whenever you catch the sight of sai oua, don’t pass without giving it a try.