The staple food of Lao cuisine is sticky rice, which Lao people consume every meal on daily basis. Fresh vegetables and herbs are common garnishes topped on the food. Freshwater fish is one of the favorite foods in Laos since it’s a landlocked country. Spicy, sour and salty are the appropriate words to describe the savor of Lao foods. Visitors doing Laos tours are usually pleased with the meals and would leave with a new idea about Lao cuisine.
As a traditional Lao food, Laap is a meat-based salad made from minced meat like chicken or fish with raw vegetables, spice, fish sauce, and sticky rice. It’s said that Laap is the national dish in Laos that every visitor to the country should try it.
Pho is the variation of the famous Vietnam noodle soup that can be found everywhere in Laos. It’s featured with mellow soup incorporating greens slices of variation of meat, such as beef, chicken.
It is a good brew that gives you best refreshment on a summer day. The country’s award-winning brand Beer Lao is a highly favored beverage for both expatriates and residents.
This salad is made from sliced raw papaya, spice, sugar, fermented fish sauce and shrimp paste with tomatoes, lime juice, etc.. It’s among the best food of Laos, a super spicy dish that not all would dare a try. Note: the salad is uncooked.
Since Laos was influenced greatly by French during the colonial time, its cuisine contains a bit of French taste. Baguette Sandwich is the evident legacy that mostly sold in the capital Vientiane. The baguette is cut in half and stuffed with tomatoes, cheese, onion, pork and chopped ham with chili sauce.
It is pork sausage marinated with herbs, such as shallots, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, galangal and seasoned with Lao fish sauce. The locals usually have this food along with raw greens and sticky rice.