Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Food In Lao

Beef Lap

Lao food is a bit spicy, includes lots of herbs, is very healthy and not really expensive. Lots of people said to me that Lao food is similar to Thai food and I totally agree with that and maybe there are similarities to Vietnamese food as well. The green papaya salad and beef laab and noodles are the highlights of Lao food but unfortunately I don't really like green papaya salad at all. Most restaurants in Lao make quite fishy green papaya salad but the laab and noodles are great.

Noodle with pork, beef and pork with spicy

There don't seem to be as many choices in Vientiane because it is not as popular as Luang Prabang among tourists but there are lots of small restaurants along the Mekong river where they serve grilled Mekong fish and other traditional dishes. Lao people in Vientiane don't speak great English but please, do not complain about it. We had a great time and we also had a most embarrassing moment in a restaurant called Mongkol. We finished our lovely meal and my friend, Liz, wanted some fresh fruit, yoghurt and cream for dessert. She ordered and after 10 minutes, the waiter came back and told us that the restaurant doesn't have shit or cream, only fresh fruit. We opened our wide eyes and just laughed for about 15 minutes. I think he confused and he didn't even know what he was talking about, maybe we said something similar, he left with a red face :). The food at this place which overlooks the Mekong is good, a bit expensive compared to other places around but they have good view and good atmostphere.

Shit dessert

As I mentioned in other posts, Luang Prabang is a tourist spot so it's no wonder that there are so many restaurants. My recommendations for those restaurants are as follows:

Buffet

For 5000K, I had one of the best vegetarian meals ever. Imagine that for half a dollar you can eat whatever you want and this place is always full. The restaurant opens at about 5 pm in the evening and you have to sit on long tables and long chairs meaning you have to sit right next to each other. Maybe you will make some friends during the meal.

3 Nagas restaurant 1

The Three Nagas, located in a nice French building with lovely decor such as rock paintings. It's a little bit expensive but it was worth what we paid for, delicious food, nice setting and great atmosphere. This is one of the most famous restaurants and hotels in Luang Prabang.

Spring rolls in LP

Tum Tum Bamboo restaurant is also one of the best restaurants that we ate at, a small restaurant, a little bit expensive with smallish portion but it's tasty. They are also well known for their cooking classes.

13 comments:

junebee said...

That last photo looks very professional and looks like it could be in "Gourmet" magazine (American magazine about gourmet cooking).
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The vegetarian buffet looks tasty too.

smilinghn said...

Godknows, I love your blog. Keep posting!. How can I contact with you?

Quynh Nhu said...

Hiii :)
Was browsing online and just happened to come across your page today. I absolutely looove reading your blogs and looking at the pix...helps ease the boredom at work :P I'm in the States right now...missing Vietnam lots and lots :(

miZ said...

You are making me hungry! The food looks amazingly delicious...

Jack said...

I cant wait to eat in Vietnam! I think it will be one of the highlights of my trip! I want to contact you as well - I was hoping we could swap links? I have linked to you, Could you please link back maybe?

I'm trying to find more readers who will be interested in my trip! - http://vietnam.jacks-lounge.com

Godknows said...

smilinghn, my email address is tuvancong2003@yahoo.com.

henno said...

Looks great - I especially love the veg buffet :)

heather said...

looks so good... namnam :)

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Inversiones en petrĂ³leo said...

That last photo looks very professional and looks like it could be in "Gourmet" magazine (American magazine about gourmet cooking).

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This won't succeed in reality, that is exactly what I think.

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