Top 10 Best Foods in Luang Prabang You Must Try

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Aside from great tourist destinations, diversified excellent food with reasonable prices also make tourists excited. Particularly, Luang Prabang food makes good impressions to customers through differences on tastes as well as ways of cooking. Find out the attractions of Luang Prabang on this blog post.

1. Sai Oua Sausage – Luang Prabang’s traditional speciality

Being a traditional delicious speciality, Sai Oua is absolutely on the top list of must-try food in Luang Prabang. On the same recipes with other kinds of sausage, Sai Oua still creates its own taste by Asian spices. So, you will have a chance to enjoy a new version of sausage in this country. Ground meat with specific seasons like citronella, ginger, chopped lemon leaves, fresh herbs, chili, garlic creates original Laotian style sausage. Especially, they serve Sai Oua sausage with Nam Cheo sauce made from fermented fish and glutinous rice. This food can be eaten alone or with Lao’s sticky rice. The combination of Sai Oua sausage, sticky rice, and special Jeow sauce is one of the most perfect local food in Luang Prabang you should try once. Price: 20.000 kips.

Sai Oua Sausage in Luang Prabang
Sai Oua Sausage in Luang Prabang. Souce: Igor Prahin/Flickr

2. Khao Soi – Luang Prabang’s noodle soup

Khao Soi is a special noodle soup in Myanmar, Northern Thailand, and Northern Laos. However, it does not always look the same. Instead of coconut milk in Thailand’s and Myanmar’s Khao Soi, bone broth is the noodle’s main soup in Luang Prabang.People dip noodle fiber into boiling water, then add the soup with the mixture of ground meat, garlic, and tomato into precooked noodles. They also add some bean sprout and chopped herbs in order to flavour the soup. To enjoy its more delicate flavours of Khao Soi, don’t forget to have available fresh herbs served.Although you did taste it somewhere, let’s do one more time to feel unique styles in best Luang Prabang local food.

Khao Soi in Luang Prabang
Khao Soi in Luang Prabang. Source: Migrationology

The cuisine in Luang Prabang is great, but if you want to enjoy them in the best restaurants that only locals know, let’s check Luang Prabang Food Tour out.

Luang Prabang Food Tour
Price: 55 USD / person
Duration: about 5 hours

The vegan version is also available. 
Luang Prabang Vegan Food Tour
Price: 55 USD / person
Duration: about 4 hours

3. Tam Mak Hoong – Spicy Papaya Salad

Laotian cuisine is on the same with Thailand’s, especially some specialities. In particular, Tam Mak Hoong (spicy papaya salad) is the new version of Thailand’s Som Tam. The main materials to process this cuisine consist of green papaya, extra spices like lemon, chili, sugar, and pepper. Its most attractive point might be a sufficient mixture of tastes – sourness, spiciness, saltiness, and sweetness. Particularly, Pa Đet is Laos’s pickled fish sauce blending with green papaya, which makes racy flavors of Tam Mak Hoong. However, before you eat the salad, consider whether Pa Det’s strong smell is right for your taste. Price: 10.000 kips.

Tam Mak Hoong
Tam Mak Hoong. Source: Asiagreentourism

4. Khao Niao – Laotian Sticky Rice

Sticky rice is mostly the main course of local meals as they often combine Khao Niao with many other foods. Khao Niao eaten alone is fine, but you will feel its more exquisite flavours when eating with steak or Laotian style sausage. Banana leaves are a convenient kind of material local people use for wrapping sticky rice as well as others. With such a pack of sticky rice at low cost – 5000 kips, you keep feeling full for longer. Laos sticky rice Khao Niao is worthy to be must-try food in Luang Prabang.

Khao Niao
Khao Niao. Source: @anto2en

5. Khanom Krok – Coconut pancake

Khanom Krok is a popular dessert in Luang Prabang. It cannot be missed from the list of 10 best foods in Luang Prabang. Local people display this cuisine in most of the streets, especially the Luang Prabang night market. It shows that various people are keen on this easy-to-eat pancake.
A soft bit of Khanom Krok has specific coconut fragrance, and even smell of its singed tough cover. Its delightfully mellow flavour will make you not be fed up with, even have some more. After two separate pieces of the pancake are done to a turn, they put them together as a couple. You will buy it in portion consisting of five couples at a low price, just 5000 kips for each portion.

Khanom Krok in Laos
Khanom Krok in Laos. Source: somanymiles

6. Kai Peank – Grilled Eggs

Coming to Luang Prabang, you are free to explore delicious foods with strange-looking ways to cook. Kai Peank is one of them. They wash the eggs, and carefully put a hole on the top of the shell to remove the egg out of their shell. The mixture of yolk and whites is seasoned with fish sauce, onions, pepper before putting back into their shells. Then they will be directly grilled over charcoal.

Grilled eggs - Kai Peank
Grilled eggs – Kai Peank. Source: Adventures of a goodman

7. Grilled meat

Stalls of grilled meats are displayed all day every corner of the street in Luang Prabang. Grilled animal organs are the unique and unusual dishes that have not been in Western food. The odorous smell of raw pieces of pork skin spreads over the night food stalls. Choose your pieces of meat, then ask the vendors to reheat directly on the grill. Trying it with some Laotian beer will be a truly perfect dining experience for you.

Grilled meat in Luang Prabang

Grilled meat in Luang Prabang. Source: Kirk K/Flickr

8. Khmom Ang – Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae

The grilled bee honeycomb with larvae is popular in Cambodia, but it’s also common in Luang Prabang’s street foods. Khmom Ang may sound strange to some of you. It is for adventurous eaters but still listed in top 10 food in Luang Prabang since it’s tasty and nutritious. The sellers wrap small pieces of honeycomb with bee larvae into banana leaves and then grill it on charcoal fires. Khmom Ang has its unique aroma thanks to a sprinkling of dense honey left inside. Customers show their interest in mellow taste, even delicious greasy taste in Khmom Ang.

Khmom Ang - Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae

Khmom Ang – Grilled Bee Honeycomb With Larvae. Source: @richowens406

9. Grilled Banana

The simple recipe is peeling a ripe banana, and then put whole fruit into the grill. Banana’s natural mellow taste creates its special fragrance after that. The softness and sweetness of grilled banana may impress you. The cost is low. You just need 1000 kip for each one, but you can also buy a skewer of six with prices 5000 kips.

Grilled banana in Luang Prabang
Grilled banana in Luang Prabang. Source: Fromofficetothebeach

10. Cassava and Black Rice

Cassava is quite common in Laos. It produces tapioca used for processing several dishes in Laos cuisine. Local people use tapioca to make jellies in bubble tea or some desserts, and Kopiak noodles. Whereas, black rice is also used in Lao desserts such as mango sticky rice. It’s a mixture of black rice, coconut milk, and fresh mango.

Cassava and Black Rice in Laos
Cassava and Black Rice in Laos. Source: Shankar S/Flickr

Apart from these 10 best foods in Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang still has a variety of food to discover. If you want the local female guides to take you to some special and hidden stalls, Luang Prabang Local Food Tour is for you. Spend your time and empty space in your stomach to try as much as possible.


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