Buying various sweet treats (Khao Nom; ເຂົ້າໜົມ) at the evening market in Luang Prabang, Laos. We were walking to the Mekong River and saw a group of people gathering around this lady, who was selling her Khao Nom (sweet treat, dessert), and two types of sticky rice (Khao Niao; ເຂົ້າໜຽວ).

lao food sweet treat

steamed cassava cake

lao food sweet treat

sweet treat luang prabang

black sticky rice

We bought a bit of everything and asked her to put the shredded young coconut flakes and brown sugar in a separate banana leaf parcel. That way each of us can add as little or as much of toppings we get tired from shopping at the night market and in the mood for a late night snacks.



  1. Thank you a lot for your website. I’m Lao and I’ve never been there. So, I’m really happy to see how is in Laos.
    With your website I can cook by myself as like my parents did in my childhood.
    By the way, how do you bake these sweets?

    Please continue to share with us Lao culture

  2. You’re much welcome. Thank you for visiting my site. The only sweet treat I know how to make above is the purple sticky rice. After soaking the purple rice with white sticky rice more than a day and steam it, then add coconut milk and sugar to it. I have been trying to find someone in Laos to show me how to make those traditional sweet or dessert but no luck so far. These are family recipes and they make a living of their skills. Some people are not willing to share their family trade secrets.

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