Lao lies between Thailand and Vietnam. The two neighboring countries influence Lao’s culture and way of life in a huge manner. Food is greatly influenced by critical aspects. So what comes to mind when you hear of Laotian delicacy? Most people don’t know much about it. You can buy a research paper online or simply read this article to find about food in this country.
Best Laotian Delicacies to Sample
The two neighboring countries influence Laotian delicacies. It, however, doesn’t take away the fact that Lao’s food has a semblance of uniqueness. If you are visiting Lao or any Asian restaurant with interest to sample some of their cuisines. Let’s discuss some delicacy considerations to help you order.
- Lao Noodle Broth, also known as Khao Piak Sen. It is a first-rate noodle delicacy common in Lao and similar to Pho, which is from neighboring Vietnam. You can eat it for breakfast, lunch and almost every period of the day that you feel hungry. The Lao Noodle Broth comes with chicken or beef broth atop rice noodles with fresh herb flavorings. Lime juice, long beans, chili oil, bean sprouts, cilantro, and holy basic (all optional) accompanies the dish. The delicacy costs about 40 Baht or 10,000 Kip in restaurants.
- Baguette (also known as Khao Jee). It is a crusty delicacy strongly influenced by the French. Khao Jee is a Laotian staple and sells on small side stalls along streets of Lao’s cities. In as much as you can fill it up with anything of choice, the most liked filling is a combination of ingredients in Lao. The combination includes grated radish and carrots, pork liver pate, Vietnamese sausage, cucumber cuts, chili sauce, and mayonnaise. It costs around 40 Baht or 10,000 Kip.
- Minced Pork Salad (Laab Moo). It is easily one of the best delicacies in Lao and larger Asia. Laab Moo has different variations though the most prevalent comprises fried minced pork with coriander, shallots, mint, and chilies. The product is then dipped in saline fish sauce and sour lime to season. You can also make it using raw meat though this isn’t a good idea as it mostly accompanies sticky rice. It costs around 80 Baht or 20,000 Kip.
- Green Papaya Salad also known as Tam Mak Hoong. It is Thai Som Tam equivalent delicacy in Lao. The hot green papaya salad delivers the moniker sour, salty, hot, and sweet of the area. The dish-making process entails the crushing of stripped unripe green papaya in a pestle and mortar. It also includes other basic constituents such as sauce, peanuts, chili, palm sugar, and lime. Optional ingredients can consist of pickled fish paste, Makok, and soft-shelled crab. Sticky rice should accompany it when you eat it. The delicacy costs 40 Baht or 10,000 Kip.
- Fresh Spring Rolls, also known as Yall Dib. It is a healthy delicacy that comes crammed with garden-fresh greens. It traditionally comes wrapped in a thin rice paper with various ingredients. The ingredients include fresh herbs, vermicelli rice noodles, and your choice of meat (preferable prawns). The use of different pastes is common practice though the most common is peanut dipping fused with chili. Yall Dib can also come as an all-vegetable roll, so you’ll have to order according to your preference. It costs about 50 Baht or 15,000 Kip for three to four wraps.
- Lao Sausage also known as Sai Oua. It resembles the well-liked Thai Chiang Mai sausage. It is a fusion of meat with the region’s moniker flavors, a sour tinge from kaffir lime and lemongrass, and hot kicks of gangal and chili. The product is then fused with meatballs and wrapped with skins. Serving Sai Oua is with sticky rice and a dry tasty chili dip. One serving costs about 80 Baht or 20,000 Kip.
- Lao Beef Jerky also known as Sien Savanh. It is a delicacy that is not so exciting but efficient when traveling. It consists of little beef bites marinated in a mixture of garlic, oyster paste, palm sugar and dark soy with occasional hints of sesame. The doused beef is sun-dried and grilled to make a sticky, chewy beef snack. Sien Savanh sells with a packet of sticky rice and costs 40 Baht or 10,000 Kip.
- French Food. Lao has some first-rate French food sold in French restaurants. Not the typical baguettes and Vietnamese crepes sold on the broadside. It costs higher than ordinary Lao delicacies, but the costs are cheaper than what you can pay in France.
- Beer Lao. It is among the best-desired liquor in the greater southeast Asia. Backpackers in Southeast Asia adore this beer. You can also find this beer in the international market now, especially Europe as Lao exports it. It is synonymous with Lao, and you can’t miss it as it has a share of 99% of the Lao’s liquor market. It is a good drink, but once you become bored, you can try Beer Lao Black distilled with baked malt or Beer Lao Gold that is similarly delicious but costlier. Beer Lao big bottles (640ml) cost around 40 Baht or 10,000 Kip. The beer is ideal for watching sunsets in the Mekong.
Lao’s delicacies are a taste explosion with a hint of Thai and Viet influence. Every individual with a knack for a taste adventure has to try a Lao delicacy. You will note the complex yet distinct taste that makes it special. Try some of the dishes, and you might just end up addicted to them.