Lao cuisine through Luang Prabang Street Food


Some countries in Southeast Asia like Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are widely famous for the street food. The cuisine of Laos shares quite a few common points with Thailand’s. Laotians often prefer the food with a pungent spice that is supplemented with chili, garlic, fish sauce and herbs. Arriving in Laos, you can not ignore Luang Prabang, which is a poetic city with ancient French architecture and is hidden by a range of mountains. In particular, Luang Prabang street food is listed among the most delicious cuisine in Asia. And then, we together explore Lao cuisine through Luang Prabang street food.

Dishes of noodles

Laotians love to eat dishes of noodles, especially at breakfast. The best noodles restaurant in Luang Prabang is called Xieng Thong, which is located near Wat Xiang. Here, customers are served with noodles with pork, maybe accompanied with boiled eggs. The restaurant opens from 7 a.m till the food is sold out, maybe 2 p.m.

Lao noodles

The broth usually contains much pepper, garlic, onion and some additives such as lemon, soy sauce, chili, ginger and fish sauce. Therefore, depending on the preference of each diner, each bowl of noodles will bring different tastes.

The restaurants near the night market also sell a variety of noodles including super large rice noodles with sliced pork, meatball and chicken broth. Vegetables for a bowl of noodles consist of snake bean, and basil.

Food paradise in the night market

Coming to the night market in Luang Prabang, you can eat dozens of delicious dishes with cheap price. The most typical food here is salad of papaya. When customers ask to order the dish, the seller starts to scrape papaya, while other spices, mainly chilli pepper are ground into dry powder, then mixed well with the papaya before the fish sauce is poured over the dish. A few roasted peanuts roasted will make the papaya salad more attractive.

Luang Prabang night market

In addition, you can eat the papaya salad with a variety of grilled fish and barbecue meat. Most of them are marinated and with spices and lemongrass before they are grilled on a charcoal grid.

Another special food at the night market is vegetables steamed with pork. The seller will steam the dish for customers to enjoy on the spot. Chili sauce is the main spice for almost all street food in Luang Prabang. Besides, fried sausage is preferred by a lot of local people. This inside part of the food is supplemented with some herbs and dipped in chili sauce.

Kinds of cake

Coming to Luang Prabang you will see a variety of delicious cakes. The coconut cake is fried in a special pot with some small holes above. Each side of the cake is processed before being put together with the coconut milk. Therefore, the cake can keep its crispness while the inside part is still soft.

Kinds of cake in Luang Prabang

In addition, Luang Prabang is also famous for its pancake fried with butter accompanied by some sweet food such as egg, banana and milk.

Most of the street food is sold at night markets that are home to hundreds of food stalls, fashion shops and handmade goods stores. If wanting to eat Luang Prabang street food, you should take a visit to Luang Prabang night market.