We’ll keep this post pretty short. Like much Southeast Asian cuisine, the ingredients are fresh, local, and rich with spices. Plus a splash of French cuisine couldn’t help but be sampled. Come the day we no longer live in Asia, we’ll really miss the local, fresh, made to order dishes that comprise much of what you find in places like Vientiane. Enjoy the highlights of our tasty travels!
From Ping Kai Napong restaurant comes some incredibly tasty grilled chicken. They dice it up for easy consumption. Our friend Kur made sure we didn’t miss out on the highlights with salad, beef larb, and soup. The carton of rice is traditional sticky rice which is eaten by taking a small amount in between your fingers and rolling it up like a ball. It’s unlike any other kind of rice I’ve had and is by far the most fun version to eat. There’s a video of the sticky rice that shows how to eat like a local and just how well the rice holds together in one’s fingers.
There are a few upscale cafes that dot the city. They cater to the hipster and western food lovers in the area. This came from Once Upon a Time Cafe. It’s pricey, with a whimsical decor. If you want to get away from the local flavor and get into a Western style cafe, head here.
The Mekong River is not just home to the Night Market, but also a slew of open air bars and restaurants. This one was piled high with fresh ingredients that you could pick out and were cooked for you. I really enjoy how fresh and interactive this proves to be- although we didn’t eat here ourselves. It’s certainly fun to walk by and get a look.
Street food is just as good as any upscale cuisine as far as taste. At least, that’s my personal opinion. This soup vendor in the downtown area is everything you need it to be. Simple, well rounded, fast, and cheap. Because of the heat of the broth, you can eat peacefully without worrying about food borne illness. A lot of people look down on street food when traveling because it scares them- but if you go with high temp foods you’ll be fine. Don’t miss out.
As we noted before, Laos is home to a sample of French cuisine institutions. We checked in at Le Cage du Coq for a bite. While I was Puzzled by the menu and couldn’t even remember what all this is here on this sample platter I do remember it being one of the best meals. Every bite was a joy and to be honest a bit of a mystery. Probably due to the fact that a similar meal in any Western country would be extremely pricey and upscale. While Le Cage du Coq is pricey for Vientiane, it was worth it for us.
Have you been to Vientiane? Did you find any spots worth sharing or any here you’d love to try?