Top 10 yummy dishes make your mouth watering in Laos


Laos is a peaceful country which not only famous for majestic temples and stunning natural scenery but also for its attractive cuisine waiting for visitors to discover. Visiting Laos, you should savor these delicious dishes.

>>5 Must-try dishes in Laos

Khao Niaw

Like sticky rice, Khao Niaw is made from glutinous rice which planted on the upland fields. Khao Niaw is often kept small bamboo baskets and eaten with a special sauce so each of sticky rice balls has a very attractive flavor.

Khao Niaw (via

Khao Piak Sen

Khao Piak Sen is a very popular dish in Laos which is quite similar to Vietnamese Pho. Laotians often eat Khao Piak Sen at breakfast but you can enjoy this dish at any time of the day. Noodles are served with beef or chicken broth, satay, coriander, basil, cowpea, bean sprouts and fresh lemon.

Khao Jee

Khao Jee actually is bread with crispy crust and then stuffed full of pork, tomato, cheese and chili sauce. In addition, eating Khao Jee with bacon, chicken or butter is also great choice. Khao Jee is not only a favorite Lao breakfast but also a favorite food of many tourists while visiting this country. Visitors can easily buy Khao Jee on every street in Luang Prabang.

Khao Jee is not only a favorite Lao breakfast but also a favorite food of many tourists while visiting this country (via Villa Saykham)

Khao Pun

With the basic ingredient from the coconut milk, Khao Pun has a delicate flavor and an attractive fragrance. Chili is also an indispensable ingredient to make this colorful and spicy dish. In addition, depending on the taste and processing of each region, Khao Pun can be cooked by different ingredients such as pork, chicken, fish, garlic, ginger, fish sauce and lemon.

Tam Mak Houng

Tam Mak Houng is the name of the papaya salad dish in Laos. Unripe papaya is sliced into thin strips and then mixed with spices including fish sauce, sugar, salt, lemon and chili. When the dish is finished, it will have the sour taste of lemon, the fragrance of fish sauce and spicy taste of chili pepper that is very attractive.

Tam Mak Houng is the name of the papaya salad dish in Laos (via

Sai Oua

Sai Oua refers to a kind of Lao sausage made from minced ginger, garlic, lime leaves, salt, fish sauce and pork. If you have the opportunity to visit Laos, do not forget to try this dish. It should be eaten by hand with sticky rice.


As a famous dish of Laos, the ingredients for making this dish are quite varied with fish, pork, beef, chicken or duck then they are mixed with minced liver, roast rice powder, chili, lime juice and some kinds of herb. The dish is often served with sticky rice and raw vegetables.

Larb (via laostourism)

Or Lam

In the northern of Laos, Or Lam is a very popular dish and is considered one of the main dishes in Lao families. Or Lam is a stewed dish prepared from vegetables, dried gourds, black mushrooms, bean, chili and some herbs on top.


Sindad (grilled food of the Lao people) is also prepared similarly with many other countries in the world. The grills are placed in the middle of the table so guests can freely pick the food they like. Diners can enjoy grilled chicken, pork and vegetables. Holding barbecues parties beside the swimming pool is a popular choice of many young people in Laos.

Sindad (via Villa Maly)

Ping Kai

Ping Kai or Grilled Chicken is another fascinating dish of Lao cuisine that many visitors love to eat. The chicken is seasoned with salt, sauce, cilantro root, garlic and black pepper and then baked on the charcoal. You also can use panadus leaves wrapped each piece of chicken and bake; it is also very delicious. In Laos, Ping Kai is eaten with sticky rice and sometimes with raw vegetables.

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