Places to eat in Laos

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    street stalls of Luang Prabang: eating street food is essential

    by richiecdisc Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    If you venture halfway around the world and eat at McDonald’s you are missing the point of travel entirely. One good thing about Laos is there are no McD’s. But you can get caught up in eating what has become affectionately known as “backpacker staples.” There in nothing wrong with a banana pancake or veggie burger but you should at least make some effort to sample the local cuisine. And there is no better place to do this than in the local markets. The best thing about these places is you can see what you are getting before you eat it. Also, they are very cheap so if you cannot eat it, you do not waste much money. The one pictured is in Luang Prabang.

    Favorite Dish: There were lots of great dishes in the local markets. Just look and point at what you want. The fish on a stick was particularly good as were the coconut pancakes. Yum.

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    street stalls of Vientiane: stall vendors a true joy

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    There were lots of great street stalls for food in the Lao capital of Vientiane. One of the great joys of eating in these places is interacting with the local merchants. The little girl pictured was quite friendly and was happy to see us come back each time we went, though you would not know it by the photo. Capturing the great smile of the Lao population must be one of the great elusions.

    Favorite Dish: This particular stall had a great smoked pork on a stick. It was similar to Kasslerbraten in Germany so D felt right at home. The prices are incredibly cheap but always good to ask first to let the locals know you have some kind of budget to stick to.

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    Nazim's: sometimes you want something not so local

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    Though I love to try local foods, there are times you want something more familiar. That does not have to be a burger even if you are American. I love Indian food and it is expensive back in the States so I try and get some when on the road, especially when in Asia. This place was a true oasis. It had an authentic Indian atmosphere and quite an extensive and inexpensive menu. The food was delicious and for 45000 Kip (6 bucks), we had a huge feast that would have cost five times as much back home.

    Favorite Dish: We had a saag lamb dish, butter chicken, a biryianni, naan and roti breads, raita, and two lassis. Everything was fantastic and the portions were huge.

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    Most Restaurants: Drinking Coffee in Laos

    by bkoon Written May 10, 2005

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    I am not kidding when I say Loas has the BEST coffee. I tasted the BEST COFFEE in Laos. Unforgettable. The aroma and the texture when I sipped the coffee. Hmm… fantastic.

    When you place an order at a restaurant in Laos, make sure you tell them you want Lao Coffee with Sweetened Milk. If you do not indicate you want the local coffee, they will usually provide you with the 3-in-1 Nescafe.

    If you do not like to drink it hot, order the ice-coffee. It will be as good.

    In some places, when you order coffee, they will provide you with a glass of diluted Chinese tea. I guess this is how coffee is drank in Laos.

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    Not Put: Huay Xai - One of the Better Restaurants

    by bkoon Updated May 9, 2005

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    Snuggly located, the Not Put restaurant is one of the better restaurants in Huay Xai. Food is reasonably priced with some kinda warm ambience to the place. There are small little huts where you can take your pick. If not, the main restaurant area is fine too. They serve nice Thai and Lao food.

    They only open for lunch and dinner. If you feel like eating there at 4pm, you are better off eating somewhere else.

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    Namphou Coffee: Vientiane - Best Lao Coffee

    by bkoon Updated May 25, 2005

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    By far the BEST LAO COFFEE IN LAOS. Also try the fried eggs with baguettes. You may try the plain baguette and dip in into the Lao coffee and it should taste yummy. Namphou Coffee also serves good “fur”, Lao noodles. The place is crowded in the morning and during lunch hour.

    On a hot and warm afternoon, it is nice to have an ice-coffee from Namphou Coffee. I had that and it was fabulous.

    MUST TRY : ICE-COFFEE 5,000 KIP

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    View Khaem Khong Restaurant: Luang Prabang - Good Food, Good Coffee

    by bkoon Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    The Lao food is also very very nice at this restaurant. It is along the Mekong River too. Great views and coupled with nice food; what else more can you ask for.

    Its Khai Paen and Laap are delicious.

    Best is the ICE COFFEE. Have it after your meal. You will love it.

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    Samchanh Restaurant: Luang Prabang - Yummy Dinner

    by bkoon Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


    Best local restaurant serving local food. I had a great time savouring on fantastic local food such as :
    - Luang Prabang Salad (Watercress Salad with sliced boiled eggs, onions, tomatoes and a nice salad dressing)
    - Jaew Bawng (A paste made of buffulo skin)
    - Aw Lam (Local soup with lotsa vegetables)

    Favorite Dish: Cheap and good.

    It is definitely a MUST VISIT RESTAURANT in Luang Prabang.

    Sit outside by the riverbank. Is cooling and rather romantic too.

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    BeerLao – Local Beer

    by bkoon Written May 9, 2005

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    BeerLao is a local beer which is popular among the Lao people and travelers alike. It is very cheap. Standard price for a big bottle of beer is :

    8,000 KIP (less than US$1)

    They do not normally have small bottles. Only cans but only in major cities.

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    The Scandinavian Bakery (Luang Phabang)

    by SirRichard Written May 17, 2005

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    This north european bakery & cafeteria is located in the main street. It sounded rather weird to find an Scandinavian Bakery in the middle of the jungle, by the banks of the Mekong River, but they have delicious bakery and is a perfect place for breakfasts. They even serve sandwiches and snacks for a quick lunch...

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    Noodle Stall: Huay Xai – Tasty Rice Noodles for Breakfast

    by bkoon Written May 9, 2005

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    On the left of the main street as you walk up from the boat landing / checkpoint, a few shops down, you will see a noodle shop. They serve tasty rice noodles.

    I had it for my breakfast. Good stuffs. I paid 5,000 KIP for a bowl.

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    Bounmala Restaurant: Vientiane - No Regrets!

    by bkoon Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    Yummy food in Vientiane!!! Lotsa exotice kinda dishes. Although a bit far off, it is worth the effort to get there.

    I had :
    - Pork Laap with Glutinious Rice
    - Roasted Cow Tongue
    - Papaya Salad
    - Cold BeerLao

    The menu was comprehensive. Get the waiter to recommend.

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    Noodle Shop Beside Loas Wildside and Many Chan GH: Luang Namtha - Rice Noodles for Breakfast

    by bkoon Written May 15, 2005

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    I had breakfast at this noodle place a couple of times. I was glad I tried the food there. They serve very delicious beef rice noodles soup, accompanied with a huge serving of salad vegetables (local style). Order a Loa Coffee too. It is nice. They will also serve warm Chinese tea.

    Cost of a meal including noodles, vegetables, coffee and chinese tea : 8,000 KIP

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    The Apsara: Luang Prabang - High-End Restaurant

    by bkoon Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    This restaurant is recommended as the best restaurant in Luang Prabang. Yes, I think its ambience is rather nice but unfortunately, the food was not as good as I expected. If you have limited time and want to taste the nice local Lao food, I suggest you visit other "more localised" restaurants.

    PLUS POINT : I like its ambience and decor. Service was good too.

    Favorite Dish: They serve :
    - Lao Food
    - Thai Food
    - Other Indochina food
    - Fusion

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    PVO Restaurant: Vientiane - Baguette, The Local Style

    by bkoon Updated Jun 15, 2005

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    The PVO Restaurant actually serves both the baguettes and Vietnamese food. Many people go there for the baguettes stuffed with meat and vegetables (the local way). It was delicious. Take-away possible too.

    Note: I rented my motorcycle there too.

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