One of the must-try dishes to try in Luang Prabang is the Laos style of Khao Soi. Having already tasted the mouthwatering Thai version in Chiang Mai, we were pretty damn excited to ‘taste the difference’ across the border (sorry Sainsbury’s…).
Rumour had it one of the best Khao Soi kitchens in town was a small, unnamed shop opposite Wat Senesoukharam temple. We ordered our food (only 20,000 Kip per person), then squeezed into the corner of a table already occupied by a smiley Laotian family.
No deep fried egg noodles on top, no rich curry and coconut flavours, the bowl set before us was almost an entirely different dish. Much more like a ‘traditional’ soup than its Thai cousin, Lao Khao Soi is flavoured with pork, tomatoes, fermented soy beans, and topped instead with spring onions and coriander.
The dish was tangy, vibrant and overall much lighter than we expected. Thankfully, this meant we could enjoy all of the incredibly generous portions. Different to the Thai version yes, but just as delicious.
IN SHORT – Traditionally a breakfast soup in Laos, you definitely wouldn’t find us complaining if we had to eat this multiple times a day!
Price: 20 000 Lao Kip / £1.8 / 2€ / $2.4
Taste: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Location: The little place opposite Wat Sene
Opening times: Go there for a late breakfast/early lunch, they seem to close around 1pm/when they run out!