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Laotian Food - Best Dishes to Taste in Laos Laotian Food - Best Dishes to Taste in Laos

Laotian Food - Best Dishes to Taste in Laos

Laotian Food - Best Dishes to Taste in Laos

Lao cuisine has a savoring taste thanks to a well-balanced combination of many ingredients and spices. Westerners may have thought that traditional and local dishes are often strange and unmanageable, but Lao food can actually make a score of pleasing tourists' tastes. Among those tasty and colorful dishes, these are must-try ones for anyone that once visits this lovely country.

Laap (or Laab)

Laap

It is simply called “meat salad” when translated into English. Laap is one typical dish of Laos and is a heavyweight to other competitors. 

Laap consists of a kind of minced meat, usually pork or fish (some restaurants would adjust as your offer), salad and fresh herb, fish sauce, lime juice, and the main material: toasted sticky rice powder. All together are quickly fried and mixed perfectly before displaying on the plate, originally eaten when raw. Laap is widely available, and the majority of restaurants are in the big cities of Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The dish is common among people from all classes.

Fer and Khaopiak

Fer and Khaopiak

Special dish in Laos

Compared to Vietnamese Pho, Fer, and Kopiak of Lao is pretty much alike. It is a noodle soup dish that is topped with green herbs and meat. The broth is what makes Fer become a hearty savor dish, it is made of cow and pig’s bone and takes hours of stewing on pink coal. 

Meat can be added are beef, pork, meatballs, and shrimp, other ingredients are sprouts and scallions. The side portion is a pile of green and chili sauce. Fer and Kopiak are widely sold on the streets, in family restaurants.

Mok

Mok

Mok, be understood as mixed food wrapped with banana leaves.

The core inside the leaves are various and diverse in flavor, and ingredients, customers usually choose their favorite or just pick the lucky charm. Some popular kinds of Mok are Samong (pig’s brain), Mok Naw Mai, and Mok Pa Fa (fish).  Cooking styles are different from places, like steamed or roasted versions. Contribute to the savoring taste are herbs and spices.

Khao Poon

Khao Poon

The dish is widely available at weddings and ceremonies

Noodle soup is one typical dish that not only can be seen everywhere throughout the country but also in many nations of Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. Khao poon (sometimes spelled Kao pun or Kapoon) is actually a spicy rice vermicelli soup, also known as Lao Laska. 

The soup consists of shredded meat (chicken, pork, or fish) that is seasoned with lime, garlic, shallots, chili pepper, and perilla. It is served hot and often goes with a plate of herbs and spices, which add in the flavor.

There are various versions of Khao Poon: Khao poon nam phik, which includes coconut milk, and khao poon nam jaew, without coconut milk, or khao poon nam par, with fish sauce.

Sai Oo-ah

Sai Oo-ah

Sai Oo-ah is one kind of sausage that deserves to be named “The best meat mixed”

It is a perfect mixture that includes minced pork belly, and pork skin, seasoned with galangal, scallion, cilantro, and dill and highlighted with light spicy chili pepper. The great balance of firm, springy, and juicy creates an incredibly beautiful flavor, it explodes in every single bite. Sai Oo-ah is commonly sold on the streets, in street food stalls and by vendors in Laos. Tasting the dish after the main meal may fulfill one wonderful feast.

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya Salad

Green Papaya salad is known as Tam Mak Hoong locally and is the choicest of appetizers

The ingredient consists of shredded, unripe papaya, grape tomato, garlic, chili, palm sugar, lime juice, and fish sauce, all together pounded in a mortar. To the one that is not keen on spice flavor, having the dish with sticky rice would ease the spicy taste. Tam Mak Hong is famous for street food and family restaurants.

Khao Jee Pa-Tay

Khao Jee Pa-Tay

Vietnam has Banh mi as the country's hearty dish, and Laos has Khao Jee Pa-Tay on the same scale.

Khao Jee Pa-tay has a sandwich style like the French Baguette, which Laos was influenced by the French during the colonial time. Although the baguette is not unfamiliar to any country Laos has changed the ingredients and the taste inside is surely a unique one. It includes pate, sausage, pork floss, butter, soy sauce, and vegetables (cucumber, pickled, cilantro, coriander). Places to sell are everywhere down the street, at the corners or in local markets.

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Mango Sticky Rice

Order this one for dessert as its sweaty charming flavor would be the right taste to end the feast. Made with sticky rice, cooked in coconut milk and sugar, mango is left ripe and decorated around the bowl-shaped sticky rice, topped with sesame seeds.

Soop Pak

Soop Pak

It is not “soup” that the dish meant, Soop Pak is the actual name of one healthy vegetable dish.

Though there are many recipes of Soop Pak they all are in common when made of sour herbs and vegetables, a huge amount of sesame seeds. Some places make it with string beans or spinach as the greens or the local version with cashew tree leaves. A common dish is available at Lao food stalls, family restaurants, and street food markets.

Jaew Mak Len

Jaew Mak Len

A kind of cooked tomato sauce that is one of the most favorite of Lao.

Amazing that this sauce would match every Lao fried or dried dish. It is made from common ingredients, which are grape tomatoes, chili, and scallion, cooked on the fire, then other materials put into the mixture are fish sauce, lime juice, and coriander. Simple cooked but king-taste own.

When we talk about food, we want to bring out the best of Laotian food to not only food lovers but also to anyone who loves traveling like us. Because we know that an adventurer would never skip a traditional dish to understand the culture and customs of a country.

Join our little expedition on the land of Laotian with Asia Links Travel today! 

If you are still having questions, contact us for consultants or find out more information from our Laos Travel Guide

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