Popular local food/drink in Vietnam – best dishes should try in Vietnam holidays

Lao food is traditionally eaten with sticky rice using fingers, by first rolling it in the hand and then dipping it into other foods or sauces. Variations include brown sticky rice or sticky rice cooked inside a bamboo tube.

Popular local food drink in Vietnam – best dishes should try in Vietnam holidays
Popular local food/drink in Vietnam – best dishes should try in Vietnam holidays

Kiao Niaw

Lao food is traditionally eaten with sticky rice using fingers, by first rolling it in the hand and then dipping it into other foods or sauces. Variations include brown sticky rice or sticky rice cooked inside a bamboo tube.

Mok Pa

A delicious Lao fish recipe originating from Luang Prabang, mok pa is an aromatic mixture of onions, garlic, and herbs enveloping slices of fresh fish filets wrapped and steamed in banana leaves. As one of the national dish of Laos food culture, you can find Mok Pa in restaurants or Laos street food. For those who dislike spicy food, this is a dish worth a try!

Lao Noodle Soup

This noodle dish is often compared to the Pho dish of Vietnam. Khao piak sen is a noodle soup served with either beef or chicken in a bowl with broth over flat rice noodles and garnished with herbs.

Kaipen A popular snack, kaipen is made of river weed harvested from the Mekong Delta and other rivers in Northern Laos, peppered with sesame seeds and sun dried into paper-thin sheets. Raw kaipen is stored in rolls. For consumption, the kaipen sheets are flash-fried in a pan and usually served with chilli paste.

Khao poon Lao noodle soup is made with long-simmered chilli and meat (e.g. fish, pork, chicken). This soup is ladled on cooked rice vermicelli and a bed of chopped vegetables including shallots, spring onion, coriander, mint leaves and string beans.

Lao Sausage Also known as ‘sai oua’, Lao sausage makes a pleasant appetizer or snack. Chopped pork meat is seasoned with herbs including lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, cilantro, galangal and flavoured with fish sauce. This grilled sausage is often served with sticky rice and fresh vegetables