As a “Jewel of Laos,” Luang Prabang is the best place to enjoy Laos food tour for new fusion exploration that you will be glad about French-Asia fusion preserved. The cultural and culinary experiences have drawn travelers expecting to eat great dishes as well as learning Lao’s unique cuisine. With fresh ingredients and strong French influence, Laos Food is a delectable fusion of Asian and Western flavors. While other neighboring countries become packed with vacationers, this country wins people’s attention to a more off-the-beaten-track adventure and fusion. Following is the list of the best food to eat in Luang Prabang that can convince you of its culinary identity.
Best dishes to eat in Luang Prabang on Laos food tour
Jaew – Dipping sauce in Laos cuisine
If you book your Laos food tour to Luang Prabang, you will soon recognize a dominant “Jaew,” a kind of popular dipping sauce for every local food. The Jaew can come in various kinds and flavors which can be customized to meet foodies’ preferences. In particular, Jaew Bong, a tasty Laos Chili Paste is a unique and savory staple served with buffalo sausage, pork stew, steamed fish or grilled meat. It can be bitter or sweeter due to the use of ingredients including shallot, garlic, chili, lime, tamarind, palm sugar, fermented fish sauce, etc. Local restaurants do serve “Jaew Bong” or chili sauce which helps boost the taste.
Another favorite kind of dipping sauce in Laos is “Jaew Mak Khua” that is made by pounding ingredients in a mortar and pestle grilled eggplants, red and green chili, tomato, coriander, etc. The result is the delectable sauce with a smooth texture and aromatic smell. Often, this sauce is best served with vegetarian dishes which can enchant every veggie fan.
Sticky Rice – Main Dish for Every Laotian Meal
Sticky rice (Khao Chi or Khao Jee) is the major, irreplaceable food in every local meal, whether people are eating it with grilled pork, steamed fish, salad, or even omelet only. Also, people can always eat sticky rice with the single dipping sauce of “Jaew.” During Luang Prabang Tours, you are likely to find the grilled version of sticky rice combined with eggs, herbs, and even fermented fish sauce. The sticky rice skewer is a great snack for breakfast which promises a happy a day tour. You can head to Luang Prabang morning market in Sisavangvong Road to taste this special culinary option and say how the flavor is.
Laos Khao Soi – Nationwide Favorite Noodle Dish
Note that Laos Khao Soi is different from the version of Chiang Mai of Thailand. While the noodle dish of Laos is tomato-based, the one of Thailand is coconut-based. Also, the visual look of the dish is different, which you see the clear pork broth, rice noodle, mound of tomato, chili, pork, and fermented soybean. A bowl of noodle fish is dipped with fresh fragrant herbs. Foodies can add vegetables and watercress to the bowl if they’d like. That said, the Laos Khao Soi is not as spicy as the Chiang Mai Khao Soi, and this is a nationwide favorite breakfast option.
Larb – National Salad of Laos
Due to phonetic variations, Larb can also be referred to as Laap, Lahp, etc. This is a signature dish of the country, which is a kind of salad including slices of meat or seafood mixed with lime juice, chili, fish sauce, and some herbs like coriander. The result is the yummy spicy salad. Note that there is no fixed use of ingredients, as the meat can be chicken, pork, fish, beef, duck, or even buffalo. The vegetables might be eggplants, greens, and chili, and the whole salad mixture can also be enjoyed with sticky rice. Typically, the most popular version of Larb is the scrumptious fish salad.
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Khai Pan – Mekong seaweed
This is an eye-catching specialty, and when you taste it, it becomes mouth-watering. The Mekong seaweed will be collected from the river, and then it’s pounded, flattened, and mixed with a variety of ingredients like tamarind juice, garlic, sesame seeds, and tomato. Once the seaweed mixture has dried, it is cut into small squares and fried in hot oil, just a few seconds. Oftentimes, people enjoy this snack with “Jaew” chili sauce. The snack can be spicy or salty that can awaken your palate. Its attractive completion will appeal to foodies, especially during the street food tours in Luang Prabang and in the markets in which you can find numerous packages of the processed seaweed for sales.
Sai Oua – Grilled Pork Sausage
This delicious pork sausage is typically served with sticky rice. The major ingredients involved include pork, red chili, cilantro, dill, lemongrass, and galangal. The Laos pork sausage is not as spicy as the Thailand sausage, both are often packed with herbs and spices for the flavorful taste. Particularly in Luang Prabang, you can find another version that is a black spicy buffalo sausage. Try it out and tell how the taste is. It is easy to spot this food in the street food stalls and night markets.
Mok Pa – Fish steamed in banana leaf
The uses of herbs like dill, basil, spring onion, etc., and vegetables help boost the taste of the fish steamed in banana leaf, which is one of the most enjoyable local dishes in Laos. They call it “Mok Pa,” and enjoy it with sticky rice in the family meals. The fresh fish steamed with herbs and vegetables results in the sweet, delectable flavor that convinces almost every foodie of its health effects.
Tam Mak Hoong – Spicy green papaya salad
The unripe or green papaya should be shaved into the thin strips to be mixed with other ingredients like lime, chili, garlic, fermented fish sauce, etc., to create the salad. Then, dried shrimp might be added to increase the look as well as the taste. The salad can be spicy and tasty, which can be eaten with sticky rice too. While the wide strips of the green papaya are crunchy, the mixture with other ingredients is flavorful. Try it if you enjoy the spicy salad.
Together with the great dishes above, Luang Prabang offers a long list of food to eat that you might consider Khao Piak Sen (a kind of noodle soup), Khao Jee (sandwich), Or Lam (buffalo stew), coconut rice pancakes, etc. Explore the world of fusion in Laos food tour by contacting le local expert at firstname.lastname@example.org to custom your trip!