Top 9 Must Try Food in Luang Prabang
The diet in Luang Prabang is very natural, with a taste for raw vegetables, tropical spices in sauces, and spicy food. Some tastes similar to Thai food due to its proximity to Thailand. Luang Prabang was once colonized by France, and many French chefs have stayed here; therefore, you could also find some authentic French restaurants; that's the reason why Khao Ji (sandwich) become one of the most favorite foods in Luang Prabang. Let's read on to know the following top 9 must try food in Luang Prabang.
1. Khao Niao (Sticky Rice)
As a staple of the local diet, Khao Niao is very aromatic and chewy and is usually served in bamboo bobbins in restaurants. The sticky rice of Laos has a good viscosity and moderate hardness; it tastes so sweet and delicious. Locals eat the dip in their hands, and when not eating it, they have to keep the lid on, that's a symbol of wealth.
2. Dam Mak Hung (Papaya Salad)
One of the top 9 must try food in Luang Prabang is a kind of salad made with green papaya. Shredded green papaya is very crisp; there are soy sauce, pepper, shrimp sauce, and other condiments pounded together, which make it pretty spicy. We recommend eating sticky rice to balance the spicy taste. The way the locals slice papaya is so special that you will be amazed if you get the chance to see it.
3. Bing Ba (Grilled Fish)
The locals would like to maintain the freshness of fish, so they only sprinkle a lot of salt on the fish skin, and then put a few lemons in the stomach to get rid of the fishy taste. The fish tastes naturally sweet and fresh, but the skin needs to be torn off, because it's full of salt on it. The locals eat it by using the lettuce wrapped with cold rice noodles, lemongrass in a sauce.
4. Fer (Noodles)
This kind of noodles was spread from Vietnam, which become a popular breakfast with locals. The broth of the noodles is delicious, with some chicken or pork, and a dish of raw vegetables. You can add fish sauce, lemon juice, dried chili, or chili sauce depending on your taste.
5. Yo (Spring Rolls)
The Laos spring rolls have a thinner skin and are made of rice wrappers, with the rice noodles, cowpeas, vanilla, fennel and other stuffing inside; it's similar to the Vietnamese spring rolls. The sauce is made with lemon juice and Lao chili sauce, sometimes with shrimp sauce, which makes the taste really unique. If you want to taste the original Luang Prabang cuisine, we recommended you to eat it raw.
6. Sai Kok Luang Prabang (Sausage)
Locally made sausages with tropical herbs and spices are very popular in Laos. Sausage made of pork and beef is a specialty of Luang Prabang. Common seasonings for sausage include lemongrass, shallot, galangal, cilantro, and fish sauce. It's really worthwhile to have a try when you travel in Luang Prabang.
7. Sin Dad (Laotian Hotpot)
When debating whether to go for barbecue or mild hot pot, here with the Laos hot pot that could meet all your expectation of barbecue and hot pot. The Laotian hotpot is made of aluminum and heated with charcoal. The prepared soup was placed around the bottom. There're a lot of holes at the bottom of the pot so that the steam could rise up to heat the food. Dip the spicy and sour seasoning lightly, and the meat tastes really fresh and yummy.
8. Khao Ji (Sandwich)
Since Laos once colonized by French, Khao Ji could often be found almost everywhere in Laos. Also, Khao Ji becomes a favorite daily food of the locals. They prefer to add some meat, vegetables, and sauces in the tasteless baguette to make it more tasty and unique. You must have a try when you travel to Laos.
9. Beer Lao
The beer in Laos is very famous; it's one of the top 10 beers in the world. Hence, Laotians are proud of it. The wort in Lao beer is 12%, and the alcohol content is about 5%. Normally the concentration of wort determines the taste of beer. The higher the concentration of wort, the bitterer the taste. We highly recommend having a try if you like drinking beer.