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Top delicious food you should try in Luang Prabang

Sticky Rice with Khai Pen or Chow Bong
As a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in the country of Laos, Luang Prabang is synonymous with a lot of beautiful temples (wats) and shrines, French colonial buildings, an impressive array of culture, etc. But, this tourist hot spot in Laos is not all about the best-preserved site in Southeast Asia.If you are an absolute newbie to this extensive land of busy streets and magnificent night markets here in Luang Prabang, you will definitely be stunned by the sheer variety of extraordinary local food. Almost Luang Prabang’s food is incredibly delicious to indulge in, but for an absolutely phenomenal Laos’ cuisine experience, there are some things that must be included in any traveler’s food-slaying hitlist.

Have no idea about what to eat on your Luang Prabang day tours? Keep scrolling for our recommendations on the most delicious dishes to try on your next trip to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang.

Sticky Rice with Khai Pen or Chow Bong

Sticky Rice with Khai Pen or Chow Bong

Sticky Rice with Khai Pen or Chow Bong

Vietnam boasts (pho) noodle soup, Japan has sushi, and China has xiao long bao (soup dumplings), while Laos has sticky rice. Even though Laos’ cuisine varies greatly from region to region, everywhere you go in Laos, you will be able to find sticky rice. This kind of staple food is considered the way all the Laotians identify themselves.

Unlike Koreans who eat sweet sticky rice with fruit, nuts, and honey (yaksik), Indians love sticky rice with curries and sauces, or Japan, glutinous rice is pounded to make mochi or rice cakes, Laotians prefer to eat sticky rice with non-soupy dishes. If you are a huge fan of glutinous rice, don’t hesitate to take a handful of glutinous rice with your left hand and enjoy it with khai pen (Lao crispy river weed) or chow bong (chili paste).

Khao Piak Sen – Lao traditional sticky rice noodle soup

Khao Piak Sen – Lao traditional sticky rice noodle soup

Khao Piak Sen – Lao traditional sticky rice noodle soup

Unique to Laos’ cuisine, Khao Piak Sen is just chicken or pork broth, chickens seemingly boiled to perfection, thick and round white fresh noodles made from rice flour and tapioca flour, and a few herbs. But the whole flavor is much greater than the sum of its parts – tasty, balanced, refreshing, and fragrant with slightly elastic, firm, and chewy noodles. You cannot complete your Luang Prabang day tours without trying its traditional spicy, sloppy, meaty soothing soul specialty, which can be sold in almost all the shops, food carts, or sidewalk stalls.

Khao Poon – Lao traditional rice vermicelli soup

Khao Poon – Lao traditional rice vermicelli soup

Khao Poon – Lao traditional rice vermicelli soup

Khao Poon is one of Luang Prabang’s most comforting dishes with cooked thin and round fermented rice vermicelli, a fish coconut curry soup, and a bed of chopped up vegetables such as mint leaves, shallots, coriander, spring onion, and string beans …  It is an addictive spicy-sour chili-and-meat-based broth (e.g. fish, pork, chicken) with noodles (especially great when fused with fish sauce or a curry of pounded fish). The slightly soured aroma will make your nose run before the spoon even hits your lips. To get more information, you can click: Indochina travel Laos

This traditional rice vermicelli soup is so popular in Luang Prabang that the five-star restaurants are now synonymous with the street stalls. Whether you are having meals at a trendy rice vermicelli restaurant or stop to order at any makeshift noodle shack you spot, it is almost impossible to have a bad Khao Poon noodle soup experience in Luang Prabang.

Khao Soi – Rice noodle unique in Luang Prabang

Khao Soi - Rice noodle unique to Luang Prabang

Khao Soi – Rice noodle unique to Luang Prabang

Laos’ cuisine wins many points for its simplicity. Many of the tastiest treats can be made just as well on the side of the road as in a top-end restaurant. Among them, khao soi is an easy-to-eat dish to recharge your energy after tiptoeing around a wat.

You have got to love a place called Pho Wat Sen (near Wat Sen temple), and a bowl of fresh hand-cut rice noodles bedded under the clear pork broth should be one of the first eats on any culinary trip to Luang Prabang. A signature bowl of Luang Prabang is topped with tomatoes, a bolognese of mince fatty pork, and chili. And the intense, briny taste of this gooey, slurpable dish is enhanced with fermented soybean paste and lime juice.

Laap – a Lao traditional dish

A dish appearing at various times of the day served with a plate of raw vegetables and sticky rice, laap is the perfect meal on your Luang Prabang day tours. Laap is a traditional salad with a spicy meat broth (chopped meat, chicken, or duck), flavored with lime, garlic, fish sauce, mint leaves, spring onion, and crushed toasted rice grains. Doesn’t sound like much, but laap delivers plenty of sweet, sour, spicy, and nutty flavors, making it a beloved Lao dish.

With our recommendations on what to eat on your Luang Prabang day tours, hope that you can make your dream come true: To experience the best that one of the most favorite cities in all of Southeast Asia has to offer, bite by bite, with only one day to spend in this food-crazed city.

 

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