Top 5 Lao dishes to enjoy with a fresh beer!

The food in Laos is great. If you have the chance to visit the country, here are the 5 most popular dishes that you must try with a fresh Beerlao to relax with your friends at the end of the day.

1. Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Hoong)

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The Green Papaya Salad is a typical dish to eat in Laos as a snack together with a fresh Beerlao. It is a cold salad made of raw green papaya shreds pounded with a mortar and pestle with chilis, garlic, lime, tomatoes and palm sugar. The Lao version of the Papaya Salad - called Tam Mak Houng - is different from the Thai version - called Som Tam - as it is made with Lao Fermented Fish Sauce (Padek).

2. Minced meat salad (Larb)

Larb-Moo

The larb is a dish made with rare or coked minced meat. The meat can , which can be pork (Larb Moo), beef (Larb Ngua), duck (Larb Ped) or even fish (Larb Pa). The meat is mixed with the complete set of asian herbs: mint, coriander, culantro, green onions, garlic and shallots. The seasoning is made with lime juice, fermented fish sauce and chili. The secret ingredient that makes it so typical is the powder of roasted sticky rice that is added to the dish.

3. Stir-Fried Morning Glory

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Fresh, healthy and of course spicy food, this dish of stir-fried morning glory gives you a good reason to drink a fresh beer. It is a quick dish to prepare, with a typical taste of Asia from the garlic, soy sauce and oyster sauce, as well as the chilis added.

4. Lao Sandwiches (Khao Jee)

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Lao sandwiches comes in different flavours. The Vietnamese sandwich version is made with carrots, coriander and two types of pork pate, while the Lao minced beef sandwich version with coriander and lao black pepper is also very tasty and original.

5. Beef Jerky (Seen Heng)

beef-jerky

The Lao Beef Jerky is made with delicious pieces of beef dried under the sun and fried with sesame seeds. The meat is seasonned with garlic, ginger, sugar and soy sauce before being dried for a few hours. Best eaten with Sticky Rice and a fresh Beerlao!


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