Thursday, January 7, 2016

Laos Food Hunt: Missing the Cheap Yummy Food of Thailand

What To Eat In Laos

If you’re from the Philippines traveling around Southeast Asia, it’s so easy to compare food costs. Well, me and my buddy weren’t actually in pursuit of the cheapest foodstuff. We’re in search for the best value for our very little money because quality not necessarily comes with a hefty price. To cut it, I missed Thai food when we were in Laos.

It was three weeks of noodle soup, sticky rice, grilled chicken/sausage and Beer Lao. The saving grace was the beer. We explored the towns of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Pakse and Vientiane and every time, we get the same sad feeling after eating; we’re not satisfied and happy. The least of my favorite food places during our backpacking trip around Southeast Asia.

I could blame it on our tight budget but no, there’s nothing special in Laotian food, if I could be blunt about it. That’s why we find it pricey, I guess, compared to Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand where a dollar can go a long yummy way. Moving on, here’s a rundown of what we had in Laos (check here for discounted tours, transportation and activities in Luang Prabang).

Luang Prabang



Laotian Food Laos
Fried spring rolls - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
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Grilled Pork - 10,000 Kip (US$ 1.24)
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Grilled sausage - 10,000 Kip (US$ 1.24)
Sticky Rice - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)

Champasak


Laotian Food Laos Iced Coffee
Iced coffee - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
Laotian Food Laos
Rice dish with 3 viands - 15,000 Kip (US$ 1.86)
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Grilled sausage - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
Grilled liver - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
Crispy pork rind - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
Sticky Rice - 2,000 Kip (US$ 0.25)
Laotian Food Laos
Khao soy | Noodle soup - 15,000 Kip (US$ 1.86)
Laotian Food Laos
Assorted balls - 12,000 Kip (US$ 1.49)Sticky Rice - 2,000 Kip (US$ 0.25)
Surprisingly, we loved this.

Vientiane

Laotian Food Laos
Fried Chicken - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62) each
Grilled sausage - 3
,000 Kip (US$ 0.37)

Sticky Rice - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
Laotian Food Laos
Beef rice dish - 20,000 Kip (US$ 2.48)
Laotian Food Laos

Laotian Food Laos
Grilled chicken - 15,000 Kip (US$ 1.86)
Laotian Food Laos
Fried Rice - 20,000 Kip (US$ 2.48)
Laotian Food Laos
Grilled banana with coconut shavings - 5,000 Kip (US$ 0.62)
20,000 Kip Buffet in Vientiane
Working Buffet
Barn Hatsady, Saylom Road, Vientiane, Laos
Contact Number: (+856) 20.55.705.795
Open Hours: Mondays to Fridays | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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Laotian Food Papaya Salad

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Next time, we’d bring more moolah to spare on food when traveling to Laos. But I'm still missing Thai food. Those cheap superb street food.





3 comments:

  1. Ohh... too bad Laos food is not good! We are thinking about going there next month. But after reading your post, we will have to think this through again...

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    1. Well, that's just me. Maybe you'll have a different experience in Laos :)

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  2. There are plenty of restaurants in Laos providing good and cheap food. A lot of 'Thai' dishes in fact originated in Laos or when Isaan was part of Laos. Meat is expensive here and you do appear to have tried a lot of barbecue - there is a lot more choice out there.

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