Our lunch at Buddha Park (Xiang Khouan) in Vientiane, Laos. We ordered rice stick noodle salad (Tum Mee), green papaya salad (Tum Mak Houng), Lao crispy rice salad (Nam khao; ແໝມເຂົ້າ), Pad Lao, with a side order of warm sticky rice from the restaurant located inside the Buddha Park.

rice stick noodle salad

lao crispy rice salad

lao food vientiane

green papaya salad

sticky rice

Pad Lao

I was sipping young coconut juice and nibbling on soft coconut meat while waiting for our order and was not hungry by the time the food arrived. But I made sure to eat as much green papaya salad as I could since it’s my number salad in the world.