Laos holds the great appeal to tourist worldwide, and many people strongly believe that Laos will never lose its appeal. Today, guests coming to Laos witness its positive changes in nature preservation, and tourism-focused infrastructure. More and more restaurants are built in this beautiful country to serve the cuisine hobbyists.
While Vientiane offers some good French restaurants that serve baguette sandwich (Khao Jee Sandwich) and croissants, the city of Luang Prabang has a variety of dining options to suit any taste. In fact, the Laos cuisine embraces the similar taste to the Thai and Vietnamese culinary options. Anyhow, there must be something special about the Laos Food that particularly indulges the gourmets’ palate. The sticky rice, spicy soup, and meat-based dishes create the mouth-watering meals that are shared by all connoisseurs at the table.
Can Laos Food Please Your Palate?
Quite simply, the answer should be the big YES. The majority of Laos Dishes includes herbs, vegetables, rice or noodles, chicken, fish, pork, beef, etc. The ingredients’ freshness is highly significant to the Laos people as every guy loves to savor the fresh foods. On almost any table, you find the popular herbs, namely galangal and lemongrass.
The sticky rice is essential. The rice intuitively sticks together, so it can be easily rolled into the little balls. Just dip the balls into food and enjoy with your fingers. Traditionally speaking, the daily Laos meal is quite plain, and often contains sticky rice, fresh vegetables, spicy sauce, fish or meat. Noodle soup is another daily preferred food in Laos. The healthy soup consists of meat, vegetables, and noodles. During your Laos Culinary Tour, you can order the Khao Poon (rice vermicelli soup) and relish its special taste created by a variety of sauces and condiments.
Special Food Options for Your Laos Culinary Tours
The food options in Laos are unlimited, and the culinary tourists may come across an inspiring name of “larb”. It is the Laos-based dish which is usually served on some particular occasions like weddings or Baci ceremonies. The term “larb” means good fortune or luck. It’s believed that eating “larb” brings you luck and happiness as wished. Luckily, this special dish nowadays can be found in some good Laos Restaurants.
The ingredients of “larb” include the thinly sliced meat or fish, lime juice, mint, fish sauce, coriander, chili, spring onion, and fried rice grains. This Laos food is often served with some kinds of vegetables like fresh chilies, eggplant, mustard leaves, and lettuce. Besides, you eat “larb” with the normal rice/sticky rice and meat/fish soup.
Others favorite foods to relish are the mixtures of Papaya Salad (includes spicy mixture of lime juice, green papaya, fresh chilies, fish sauce, and peanuts), grilled meats, barbecued fresh fish, steamed fish/chicken in the banana leaves. In Luang Prabang, indulge your palate with a specialty: Kaipen, the fried snack made of freshwater weed, which is eaten with Jaew Bong (a sweet, spicy paste).
The Laos food is also featured with the use of fresh fruits. The meals are often served with a plate of the cut fresh fruits like pineapple, mango, dragon fruit, or water melon. About the drinks, feel free to evaluate the Beer Lao or any other fresh juices and fruit shakes.