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Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Fulham
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Update on restaurants serving Local Food

I read your local specialist's thread (now closed) on eating out in Vientiane.

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Very few of the Laos style restaurants appear in the main Tripadvisor list. More disappointing is the preponderance of non Laos style offerings in the list supported by Tripadvisor contributors.

We are two Brits coming to Vientiane for three nights. Where do we eat to enjoy the local cuisine, please?

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1. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

My top tip for local food in Vientiane is the food hall on the top floor of the Talat Sao morning market.

You buy vouchers on way in and then swap them at any of the numerous food stalls. It's cheap and proper local food. You can get any unused vouchers refunded on the way out.

The market may well only be an option during the day though. For an evening meal in a nice setting I'd recommend Amphone. It's a relaxing place to spend some time and the food is surprisingly good. Menu's have some explanations of the dishes.

One other tip - if you are flying out of VTE in the afternoon there's a massive buffet of Lao/Thai food in the restaurant on the top floor of the international departures building. Amazing amount of choice and very tasty.

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2. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Thank you.

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3. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Far better than the 2nd floor food hall would be to go to a night market, say Tad Luang and eat there. Amphone, as recommended above is good, as are Tamnak Lao and Kua Lao. Both of the latter have a show of Lao dancing and music as well.

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4. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Is Tad Luang open during the day Rufuscat or is just a night market?

I didn't eat there myself but I'm sure it's good. I recommend the Talat Sao food hall because it's cheap, open during the day, has loads of indoor seating, an easy system of ordering so the language barrier isn't a problem (I know this can put some people off), and has a huge selection of authentic pre prepared dishes.

From memory there were different stalls selling all sorts of noodle soups (including some popular, but too funky for me, entrail based varieties), different laaps, curries, baguettes, chicken rice, fried chicken, vegetarian stir fries, and a nasty looking burger bar.

If you're not in Vientiane for very long you won't get many evenings to try Lao food so the option to add in some decent lunch is useful.

Edited: 4:22 am, December 15, 2010
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5. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Tad Luang is open at night.

Fulham
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6. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Both of you are suggesting food halls or food markets.

A friend has just got back from Luang Prabang where her cousin was getting married. She was OK but both of her parents got food poisoning during their ten day stay.

If we were to go to one of the places you suggest what guidance would you give us about what and where to buy food. Not long ago we spent an evening in the Djemaa el Fna in Marrakesh. It all smelled so good and looked tempting but we were frightened and ended up in eating in a nearby restaurant.

We will be in Laos for almost two weeks. What is the secret to eating street food and not getting an upset tummy?

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7. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

I've eaten a lot of street, market and food hall food in Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia and never got sick.

I just follow common sense. Eat at places that look clean (including the person serving) and have a high turnover of customers, especially locals.

Don't assume a restaurant is any less likely to give you food poisoning. You don't get to see what's going on in their kitchens, how clean things are and how food is stored.

Also consider how you react to chilli. Some people just aren't used to spicy food and if you choose local dishes that have a kick you might get a reaction.

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8. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Oh, and remember to wash your hands or use wet wipes before handling food. Amazing the number of people who overlook this and blame the places they have eaten when they get ill.

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9. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

Thanks. Good advice there.

What about drinks. We would not expect wine in a food hall but we'd quite like a cold beer. Is this easy to buy when we buy the food?

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10. Re: Update on restaurants serving Local Food

BeerLao is everywhere!

Edited: 8:59 am, December 15, 2010