Having lunch with my friends at Manda de Laos Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos was a delightful experience with a fantastic selection of traditional Lao dishes. Manda de Laos is a renowned restaurant that offers a beautiful setting and a menu featuring authentic Lao cuisine. We ordered the following dishes to share while catching up with one another.
Fried Spring Rolls: A classic Lao appetizer, these spring rolls are typically filled with a mix of minced pork or shrimp, vegetables, and glass noodles. They’re deep-fried to a crispy golden brown and served with a dipping sauce.
Green Papaya Salad (Tam Mak Houng): A refreshing and spicy salad made from shredded green papaya, tomatoes, peanuts, chilies, lime, and fish sauce. It’s bursting with flavors and textures.
Nem Khao: Also known as Lao crispy rice salad, Nem Khao features crispy rice balls mixed with minced fermented pork, peanuts, coconut, herbs, and lime juice. It’s a unique and delicious dish.
Ping Ped or Grilled Duck: Grilled duck is a flavorful and succulent dish. The duck is marinated with various herbs and spices before being grilled to perfection.
Grilled Buffalo Meat: Buffalo meat is a specialty in Laos, and when grilled, it becomes tender and flavorful. It’s often served with a dipping sauce or fresh herbs.
Fresh Coconut: To refresh and complement the meal, fresh coconut is an excellent choice. Enjoy the coconut water as a natural drink or scoop out the coconut flesh for a delicious dessert.