There's just no getting away from lazy, indifferent service in Luang Namtha but at least the people at Minority give the appearance of trying, putting them way ahead of almost every other place here.
Set a little way off the main street, but with an unmissable sign in front of the lane, Minority is in a nice, quiet little wooden building. The menu includes plenty of Lao tribal (hence "Minority") food as well as burgers and pasta dishes. Pretty much everything is available in a vegetarian version if that's your thing. Their menu also claims that they use no MSG at all. No reason to doubt them, really. I don't think MSG figures in a lot of tribal Lao villages.
I had the sour bamboo soup with chicken and it was almost too much to finish. I definitely shouldn't have ordered steamed rice as well because I had to leave most of that untouched and I hate doing that with food, especially when some attention's been put into its making. The soup was a little something different for me and there was quite a lot of bamboo in it, but it was tasty nevertheless. Soup, rice, and a beer: 35,000 Kip.
No loud music, no people using WiFi (there isn't any) taking up the tables, and almost passable service make this a rarity in Luang Namtha.
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