Laos is a landlocked country bordered to the north by China, to the east by Vietnam, to the south by Cambodia and to the west by Thailand and Myanmar. Until 1988 tourists were not allowed access to Laos, but the country has recently opened up and it is perfectly feasible to travel all over the […]Read More
Laotians eat more sticky rice than any group or people in the world. Many Laotians refer to themselves as Luk Khao Niaow – children / descendants of sticky rice.
Galangal, lemongrass and Lao fish sauce are important ingredients in Laotian cuisine. The most famous dish is Larb, a spicy mixture of (sometimes raw)marinated meat and/or fish, mixed with combinations of herbs, greens, and spices. Another Laotian original recipe is the spicy green Papaya salad known as tam mak hoong. Its commonly known across Thailand and to many westerners as som tam.
Lao cuisine has regional variations due to the availability of fresh local produce. The French colonial legacy is still apparent in the capital city of Vientiane, with baguettes sold on the streets. French restaurants are both common and popular.
Laos Cuisine, Food & Recipes
Laotian literature is predominantly religious and linked to the Buddhist tradition. There is also a secular literary tradition based on themes of the Hindu epic poems, which have been transmuted into popular language. Laotians have a variety of folk arts, including weaving, basketmaking, wood and ivory carving, and silverwork and goldwork. Professional dance troupes draw […]Read More
The first comprehensive national population census of Laos was taken in 1985; it recorded a population of 3.57 million. Annual population growth was around at between 2.6 and 3.0 %, and the 1991 population was around at 4.25 million. The national crude birth rate was around at about forty-five per 1,000, while the crude death […]Read More
Laos Life Laotian society is above all else characterized by semiindependent rural villages engaged in subsistence agricultural production. Ethnic, geographic, and ecological differences create variations in the pattern of village life from one part of the nation to another, but the common threads of village selfreliance , limited regional trade and communication, and identification with […]Read More
Laotian is from a large group of related languages, the Thai-Lao or Tai-Kadai languages, which includes Thai, Shan in Burma, Zhuang in Yunnan, Li in Hainan Island, and other languages on the Chinese-Vietnamese border. Their original homeland seems to have been in Yunnan and Southern China. The movement of many speakers into Burma and Southeast […]Read More
Lao Salad Dressing Ingredients 1/4 c Lemon juice 1/4 ts Chopped garlic 2 tb Fish sauce 3 tb Ground roasted peanuts 1/4 c Sugar 1/4 c Water- Dash cayenne pepper 1 t Chopped coriander leaves 1-2 ea fresh red chilis-sliced 2-3 T chopped white onion Directions In a small sauce pan, cook sugar in water […]Read More
Laotian desserts recipes, whilst very similar to Thailand in both name and form, may sometimes exhibit subtle differences; Sticky Rice and Mango (Khao Nieow Ma Muang) Baked Coconut Rice Pudding Oranges in Syrup Light Orange-blossom Oranges Bananas in Coconut Cream Banana Rice Pudding Another Banana Dessert Kuay Namuan – Bananas Cooked In Coconut Milk Serves. […]Read More
Laotian vegetarian recipes are similar to those of Thailand, due to the long, shared Mekong River border which has facilitated ‘cross-pollination’ of cuisine, especially in the north-eastern provinces but as far north as Sob Ruak, in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district. Five Vegetable Stir-fry Fragrant-Eggplant Hot & Sour Mushroom Soup Yam Yai Prawn Salad (Pla […]Read More
Meat recipes from Laos included; Aioan Chua Noeung Phset Kretni Stir Fried Chicken With Mushrooms Sousi Pa Fish With Coconut Cream Steamed Fish With Young Ginger Sousi Pa Gnon (Small Catfish) Pa Ling Sousi Haeng (Piquant Fried Catfish) Ua No Mai (Stuffed Bamboo Shoots) Yall Dip (Fresh Spring Rolls) Sien Savanh (Lao Beef Jerky) […]Read More
Of the many ethnic groups in Laos, only the Lao Loum had a tradition of formal education, reflecting the fact that the languages of the other groups had no written script. Until the midtwentieth century, education was primarily based in the Buddhist wat, where the monks taught novices and other boys to read both Lao […]Read More