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Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

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Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

Staying at the Apsara Hotel for 3 nights (trekking for 2 more nights & staying at Mahout Lodge another night), would greatly appreciate recommendations on cheap to moderate restaurants that serve Lao & hilltribe cuisine. Very spicy ok.

Please no Thai, French or non-Lao cuisine.

Restaurants close to the Apsara Hotel would be appreciate for woman traveling alone.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

We really enjoyed the Lao food at Tum Tum Cheng and Tum Tum Bamboo, both of which are on the main street and easy to reach on foot.

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2. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

thanks, what's the difference between the 2 restaurants?

also what dishes do you recommend?

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Tum Tum Bamboo is more informal. The dishes that I liked most were the fermented rice noodle dishes (called, from memory, river noodles), with chicken and slices of fresh galangal, but it was all really lovely. Tum Tum Cheng runs Lao cookery courses, which are interesting and include a guided trip around the produce section of Phousi Market. The coffee at Tum Tum Cheng was absolutely wonderful, made traditionally with a coffee sock.

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4. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

If you want very good Lao food, I suggest The Three Nagas. This is one of the best restaurants in LP. Look up its review in the NY Times.

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5. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

Hi not sure if this is what you after. There is a small place afew doors down from Senesouk guesthouse..which means just up from the Apsara ( main street). If your friend is interested just PM me as my partner ( my walking GPS) will pinpoint better.

Only open ( serving) in the morning from 8 -11. They have inside tables & acouple of benches on the footpath.

I really liked the pho (foe) from here. I knew it would be good as watch the father at 4 00 on my first morning preparing the stock. The mother individually prepares the noodles & your choose of meat added to broth..then you receive a large bowl full of fresh leaves & herbs…condiments are placed on the table ( add as much spice as prefer). All for $1 or $2. Healthy, very clean & I enjoyed watching how organized the mother was at cooking.

Also, ‘river weed’ with a beer Lao is good.

TPANDAV's idea of doing a cooking course is great and I will make sure I do one next visit.

I found the dishes different in the north to south..I put this down to the different produce available.

Hope your girlpal enjoys Lao & I am interested to read how her trip goes.

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6. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

Hi,

If i were you i would eat in the local market

in the morning you could have a kick a*s coffee at the bottom of the street that leads from the mekong to the night market.

during the day you could have a great noddle soup around the corner from there, and in the evening, if you go up the road there is a great stall that does dinner for 5000 kip.

www.adegreeaday.blogspot.com

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7. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

Bertie, some of us like to sit down, have a nice meal and a glass of wine. What's the wine list like at the street stall?

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8. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

That was a funny comment, i dont think there is a wine list on the street stalls, just some great local food and mixing with the people there.

Also as a traveler on a budget wine is out of the question

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9. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

We just returned from LP and had an amazing meal at the Tamnak Lao restaurant. While it's a little more formal than some of the other cafes / restaurants in LP (although nothing in LP is that formal!) and we didn't see any people eating there alone (unlike some of the other local cafes / market stalls which are very much full of lone travellers), the food was a cut above everything else we had during our stay in Laos. Their cookery school looks good and I would have loved to try it if I had more time..

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10. Re: Favorite local restaurants in Luang Prabang?

Thanks to all. My galpal is Canadian & she's traveling alone... and it's her first time in Asia!

I'm trying to find Lao cafes where she can SIT, people watch & perhaps TALK to other people.

She loves spicy food. Food stalls are fine when she's walking around, but there's no way to direct her to certain ones.

I agree that she wants to sit down at a table, because that will enable her to enjoy the food & try different things.

Can anyone recommend a Lao restaurant/cafe near the Apsara Hotel that has friendly customers & good food?

The pho place sounds great, but she'd have to eat there by 11 AM.

Anyone know of a place to eat pho that is open for lunch too?

THANKS