One of my greatest pleasures in Laos is eating some of the local soups. Kao soi is a must try.
It’s available almost everywhere and a few street places are my favourite. Kao soi is a soup made with wide rice noodles, coarsely chopped pork, tomatoes, fermented soy beans, chillies, shallots, and garlic, then topped with pork rind, bean sprouts, chopped scallions, and chopped coriander. It comes from Burma and Northern Thailand makes it too. Thailand kao soi however is more similar to the Burmese version.
It looks very spicy because of the tomatoes, but it is usually not. Lao style of course has a bit of spice and it is delicious. For tourists there is a place on the street at the end of the night market and for around 10,000 KIP it is a bargain.
When in Sayabouri in October I discovered Kao poun katee (Lao Laksa) for breakfast. Oh wow, this is a must try. it is very similar but make with a coconut milk base so if you are a fan of laksa then you would love this.
Kao peak is another favourite. Breakfast, lunch or dinner it is spicier and I love the thick rice noodles. My favourite places to enjoy this are across the old bridge and at the shop right opposite Wat Xieng Thong. Go for it, you’ll love it.