Laos Cuisine

Laos CuisineLao cuisine may be little known outside the country, but it is considered one of the healthiest cuisines.

This is due to its affection for fresh vegetables and herbs, which appear in almost every Lao meal. Both meat and fish are usually grilled pr steamed and as a result, the flavors are fresh and the dishes are low in fat.

Walk around the numerous food markets and stalls that dot Luang Prabang and Vientiane and you’ll be confronted by the fragrances of galangal, lime, lemongrass, basil, coriander, garlic, ginger, mint and dill.

Lao cuisine has many regional variations, due in part to the fresh foods local to each region. You can either enjoy an authentic Lao meal (khao new or sticky rice is a staple) in many of the restaurants or spend a morning learning to cook delicious Lao dishes for your lunch.

An essential part of enjoying Lao food is Beer Lao. Described as the Dom Perignon of Asian beers it can be found anywhere throughout the country, from the corner shops to the five-star hotels.

Lao Coffee, strong, sweet and delicious, is another must-try. Laos produces some of the finest Arabica in the world, and whether you like hot or cold, black or milky, a cup of this fine stiff will set you up for the rest of the day.

Laap, a traditional Lao food is made from chopped meat, chicken or duck is a favorite. The finely chopped meat, spices and broth mixed with uncooked rice grains that have been trying fried, and crushed. Laap is eaten with a plate of raw vegetables and sticky rice.

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