If you have the oppotunity to travel Laos, do not miss to try these delicious breakfast dishes below:
Hard boiled eggs, sliced into quarters, line the outside of a plate filled with sautéed vegetables in the center. On the side, you get your big serving of steaming hot sticky rice and the chili herb paste. You eat the eggs and veggies together, and, as always, ball up pieces of sticky rice with your fingers, dip into the chili and eat that with your fingers.
Baguette with condensed milk
The French influence comes from 50 years during which Laos was a protectorate of France (1893 – 1954), so in addition to crumbling French colonial architecture in cities like Luang Prabang, the baguette still remains a daily staple in Laos. There are baguette stands everywhere, even in rural villages, but rather than a healthy helping of ‘fromage’, these baguettes come two ways. One is the $1 lunch/dinner option – piled high with chicken, ham, lettuce, cabbage, avocado, egg, even plastic cheese singles – and the other is the breakfast baguette, a truly Lao/French fusion food. Here you cut the baguette open, pour half a can of sweetened, thick condensed milk over it, and voila: A simple but delicious sweet breakfast baguette, best enjoyed with a cup of delicious Lao coffee, which also usually comes with three or four spoonfuls of the same condensed milk.
Khao Piak Sen
Khao Piak Sen is the typical Lao noodle soup, made from rice noodles, and served for breakfast as well as for lunch and dinner. The soup usually comes with chicken or pork, but a veggie version can also be found in some places.
Khao Soy Noodle Soup
Khao Soy is another type of noodle soup, this one is influenced by Burmese cuisine. however, this one is influenced by the Burmese cuisine. Also widely spread throughout Northern Thailand, Khao Soy is made from rice noodles, is spicier than Khao Piak Sen and contains lots of spices and hunks of vegetables (shallots, garlic, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and chillies) along with either pork, duck or chicken.
Nem leuang is similar to the Vietnamese omelet banh xeo. A thick crepe made from rice flour and turmeric is filled with spring onions, bean sprouts and morning glory and topped with ground peanuts and a delicious sweet-sour sauce – only 10,000 kip. Add sausage (15,000 kip) or chicken (20,000 kip). Look for the outdoor shack on the Mekong beside the big sindaat (Lao barbecue) buffet, directly behind the Morning Market. They make theirs on a wok over a wood fire. The setting is rustic but the tables are clean, service is friendly and yes, it’s incredibly yummy.
Youtiao is also known as a ‘Chinese donut’ and one of the many items that made their way into Lao cuisine from China. It is usually served as a side for rice porridge (congee) or Khao Tom.
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