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Vientiane - One of The Best Food Tour in The World

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Laos not only has many historical pagodas, untouched scenes but also famous for the diversity and unique cuisine. Tourists should not forget to try a food tour when traveling to Vientiane, which is the capital of Laos.

The restaurants in Vientiane from high-class to street food are very well-ordered and clean. Tourists can easy to pay and bargain here.

In Vientiane, there are mainly street foods, eating near the market area always attract many tourists. Laotian cuisine in general and Vientiane in particular are not too difficult to cook and not adding too much spices like cuisine in other countries. Although it is simple, but the dishes have their own unique, still retain the distinct flavor.

Food Tour In Vientiane

Food Tour in Vientiane

1. Market tour

The tour guide will collect tourists by tuk tuk car then driver will take you to a local market to buy so that you can feel the noise and bustle of trading atmosphere here. You can stop to buy the delicious fruits, or enjoy many rustic dishes, specialty in local market is also very attractive.

Visiting the market, tourists cannot only buy a lot of fresh agricultural products, but also experience many delicious and unique street foods:

  • Kanom Krok (Coconut pancake): If you have travel to Laos, you must eat this popular dish! It is made from coconut milk, flour, sticky rice and a little sweetness of sugar.

Kanom Krok

Kanom Krok

  • Salty fish: There are many different species of fish for customers to choose. The fish is salted then grilled on charcoal (about 4-6 USD / fish, depending on the size).
  • Laotian coffee: Laotian coffee has a very strong flavor. Most Laotians do not drink black coffee, they often mix it with powdered milk, condensed milk to increase the taste. In hot weather, drinking a glass of Laotian coffee will reduce the stress.
  • Jaew mak khua (grilled eggplant): Jaew mak khua has chili and peppers flavors, which is often served in small stalls along the street. Grilled eggplant is mixed with coriander and many other spices (including chili).
  • Tam Maak Hoong (papaya salad): This is a popular Thai salad but the origin from Laos. Here, papaya salad is called Tam Maak Hoong. This salad is made from green papaya, cucumber, lemon juice, chili and fish sauce. There are many stalls selling Tam Maak Hoong in Laotian market.

Local Market

Local Market

Moreover, there are many other products, such as: clothes, petroleum, confectionery, medicine, souvenirs gifts, etc.

2. Cooking class

Attending a cooking class is also an interesting experience that you should not miss. Tourists will learn how to cook some traditional dishes or desserts under the training of professional chefs.

Cooking Class

Cooking Class

After buying fresh food in local market, tourists will be taken to the cooking class. First, you will learn about some Laotian typical ingredients from vegetables, dried meat to “pa daek”, which is a special fish sauce in Laos. Then you will hear about popular dishes in Laos such as: Khao Niaw, Tam Maak Hoong, Savanakhet grill chicken, etc. and how to use some traditional cooking tools.

Tam Maak Hoong

Tam Maak Hoong

The class will take you a few hours, during the process you must do everything by yourself and the chef only guide you how to cook so you should listen to the chef carefully. Tourists are often taught how to cook Khao Niaw, Tam Mak Hoong, Jaew mak khua, etc. which are the most popular traditional dishes in Laos.

When your dishes is finished, you will have rest time to enjoy the food you cook with your family or friend and receive some advises from the chef to make your dishes better.

With all information above, hope that you will have a great food tour experience in Vientiane!

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Thanh Van

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