The capital city of Laos, Vientiane is a calm yet charming city, offering a more tranquil getaway than cities like Hanoi, Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand. Vientiane street food is for those who are looking for something quick, cheap and portable. Let’s check out some of the best places to get it. Tours of Indochina
Ban Anou Night Market in Vientiane
The Ban Anou Night Market, which sets up every evening near the corner of Chao Anou, along the Khoun Boulom Road, is a famous market in Vientiane. Although having a relatively small space, the Ban Anou market manages to cram a huge amount of stalls. Take your pick of hundreds of different dishes while weaving among the different stalls. Try the most famous dish of Laos – a steaming bowl of Klao niaw (sticky rice), if you want to start basic. As the rice sticks together when cooked, this is different from normal steam rice. Then, cooks roll them into small balls and serve in a bamboo basket, and to enjoy, this rice is often dipped in other sauces and foods.
Running from the Presidential Palace all the way towards Pha That Luang, Lane Xang is the widest boulevard in Vientiane. Set up along the boulevard are many different individual food stalls selling a wide variety of street food. Considered by many as the national dish of Laos, try Laap (also spelt Laab, Lahb, Larp and Larb) – a staple among locals. Laap, which is a type of ‘meat salad’, is made from fish, duck, beef, chicken or pork, can be served with mint, spring onion, lime juice and garlic together with roasted rice. Even though it is suggested avoiding the raw meat ones at food stalls, Laap can be served cooked or raw. Some vegetarian Laap, which is made with mushrooms or tofu, is also available. Simple yet exciting, Laap which is a dish with a wide variety of combinations, is absolutely perfect for a hot day in Vientiane. Laos travel tours
Pha That Luang
Near Pha That Luang, the large Buddhist stupa and the symbolic image of Laos, you can find a smaller, less touristy food market. Why not order some Khao tom if you fancy something a bit sweeter? Made from sticky rice and coconut cream, Khao tom (also known as Khao nom) is then steamed in banana leaf parcels. Peanuts are one of other ingredients can be added and Khao tom mat is a variation made with black beans. Filled with mung beans and pork fat, savory Khao tom is also well worth trying. For something a bit different, as well as ludicrously tasty, let’s try the sweet filling.
Ban Haysoke, which is situated at the junction of Chao Anou and Rue Hengboun Road, is such an awesome place to enjoy some proper Laotian food. If you are looking for a full meal, the stalls at Ban Haysoke, which cater more for snack food, are not the best place. However, for trying a range of different small dishes, they are such perfect places. A popular Laotian snack – Lao sausage, (sai oua), which consists of pork meat deliciously seasoned with herbs such as galangal, cilantro, shallots, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass and flavored with fish sauce is one thing to eat. Similar but using sticky rice which is allowed to ferment, sour pork sausage (som moo) has such a distinct sour taste. Get these with a side of sticky rice or stir-fried vegetables if you want something more substantial. At Ban Haysoke, you will feel like the boss.
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