Noodle soup is a common breakfast/lunch choice in Laos and the number of locals wolfing down bowls at a shop is the way to gauge how good it is. Shops will specialise in only one or two and close when it runs out, sometimes as early as 11:00. You’ll find Luang Prabang khao soi noodles, which is very different from the famous Chiang Mai version. In Laos, khao soi is a bowl of rice noodles topped with a bolognese of mince pork, fermented soy beans, tomato and chillies.
Try the shop on the main road across from Wat Senesoukharam. You’ll also readily find Lao pho, usually made with pork. Xiengthong Noodle, on the main street almost at the end of the peninsula near Wat Xiengthong, specialises in khao piak, a fresh, chewy rice noodle with pork, fried garlic and greens. It’s simple, delicious and cheap — only 10,000 kip — and the cleanest noodle soup shop you’ll ever see in Laos.