In a city where fish noodle soup seems to be a staple breakfast meal, there is a lot of variations on quality, especially for the undiscerning tourist.
Laoderm fish noodle soup, Lao cuisine #BED
I sampled many in my seven days in Luang Prabang – from street food vendors at the morning market, to Mekong River view restaurants, this one on Sisavangvong Street was by far the best and quite unique.
Laoderm Restaurant makes this simple dish of rice noodles in a clear light salty broth, with melt in your mouth minced fish moulded together with local spices, to perfection.
The second time I returned to eat the same meal, I was lucky to meet and speak with the owner and chef, who told me that Laoderm Restaurant is the only venue in Luang Prabang that serves this traditional Northern Laos style dish. I recommend not to miss this one.
The restaurant offers a variety of other traditional Lao homestyle food, that may be enjoyed with local BeerLao, in a peaceful atmosphere. The menu changes according to the availability of seasonal produce, and the food is fresh, healthy, and clean. There are many gluten free, dairy free, and low FODMAP options. Vegetarian choices are limited, however I am certain the wonderfully friendly and accommodating staff would prepare something on request.
I almost returned a third and fourth time, but thought best to try some of the other local delicacies I had on my list to try including BBQ at the Night Market, Sticky Rice from the Morning Markets, Mekong River soft seaweed, and Mok Pa at Coconut Garden as recommended by TripAdvisor.
Seven days was not enough time to try all the wonderful food on offer in the pretty and acquaint city. Travel Aisa, visit Luang Prabang.