Laos gastronomy is a blend between Thai and Vietnam food, obvious influence of it’s geographic position. It is rich in vegetables such as eggplant and fresh herbs, with a pinch of Buddhist vegan influence, which you can see every where in Luang Prabang, not only in the food. Also very present, the banana leaves wraps, similar to some Vietnamese food we’ve tried, a little of spice reminding us of Thai flavors, and the freshness of lemon grass, the mixed flavors characterize Laos food.
Mixed Laos Starters
At the Kiridara hotel we had the pleasure of tasting some typical Laos dishes, made by Laos people, with a little influence of the past chef from France who turned their simple but tasty food into real gourmet piece of art. Our first plate was a signature dish, a starter combining 4 typical Laos dishes:
- Crispy duck spring roll served with peanut sauce. - Barbecued lemon grass stick stuffed with pork meat and herbs served. - Spicy green mango salad, peanut and lime dressing with BBQ fish fillet - BBQ Luang Prabang saussage served with grilled vegetables puree.
The plate was enought for 2, was beautiful and tasty. Perfect combination of flavors!
We also had the Charcoal grilled Lamb chops with garlic and herbs, ratatouille, and 4 cheese risotto. Definitly not from Laos, but also very good. And of course, our italian baby had penne with tomato sauce which she loves.... as you can see...
Laos Taste Menu
At Coconut Garden we decide to go a little deeper on the taste of Laos and we tried the taste menu with 5 typical dishes:
- Laos salad - Stick rice - Stir vegetables - Beef meat - Chicken wrapped in banana leaf with tomato sauce - Soup cabbage and pork meat noodle
Everything was very good, taste fresh, and felt more like home made, simpler food, but good.
Looking at these pictures, I honestly feel like going back and eating it all again.
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