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!

Spread of dishes of food from duck, rice, beef larb, and more.
One of our first meals in Vientiane.

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.

 

Croissant stuffed with salmon, lettuce, and topped with an egg and hollandais sauce.
A beautiful Egg Lava Croissant. Delish!

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.

 

Table set with fresh, uncooked seafood ingredients to attract customers
Beautiful open air seating with fresh seafood!

 

Open charcoal grill with salted fish and snails
Why use manual labor when you can use a fan?

 

Open table of fresh seafood ingredients
Lovely display, it is hard to keep walking

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.

 

Whole roasted ducks hanging by their neck in a food stall
Street food

 

Several bowls laid out with ingredients waiting for broth to be added
Street vendor makes up each order of soup on the spot

 

Soup of broth, fresh cut meat, and vegetables.
Final product

 

Two people enjoy their fresh batch of soup.
Guess who is the local? A hint, it’s the one not taking a photo.

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.

 

Fried fish, meats, and sauces on small platter
Absolutely marvelous sample platter from Cage du Coq

 

Close up of fried fish, meats, and sauces on small platter
Close up of this goodness doesn’t do it justice

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?

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