Laos has so far really impressed us in a food sense. It’s such a great country, it’s recent affiliations to France are obvious when you browse menus.
One thing that has surprised me, has been the distinction in flavours from Thai food. Chilli and lime are used with regularity, however, Lemongrass and mint are the stand out flavours in Lao food.
Here (at least in this awesome little canteen in Luang Prabang) you get a delicious broth, with noodles, meatballs and shredded meat too.
The fixins’ include a plate of greens beans, leaves, and fresh mint. Dried chilli paste (spicy), fresh lime, and a little concoction of blended chilli and peanuts, which is strangely sweet, and adds awesome flavour to the soup base. You also have the usual suspects, Fish sauce, sugar and soy.
We ate here twice in three days. So. Good.