For those of you that have been following my blog for awhile now, you might have noticed how much I like eating Lao green papaya salad aka Tam Mak Hoong (ຕໍາໝາກຫຸ່ງ). It’s not a surprise when I go to Laos, I would try green papaya salad wherever I go. I’ve only tasted green papaya salad a few times in Luang Prabang but the verdict is out as who makes the best batch in town.

The winner is no other than Papaya Salad Restaurant, locates in Ban Vat Nong.

papaya salad

Nang Thim is the name of the papaya salad maker and she only sells papaya salad and nothing else. Her style of shredding the papaya salad is unusual with a wide and thin long strip, rather than tiny strip like what most of us would do.

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side dish papaya salad

After a plate of spicy papaya salad, then it was cool down time with fresh young coconut juice and iced coffee.

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mak phao

If you are ever in Luang Prabang and have a craving for green papaya salad, then be sure to stop by for a batch and judge for yourself how good her recipe is.