Luang Prabang is a great city to visit in North Laos. We particularly loved it because of the excellent street food in the night market. It reminded us of our street food experiences in Thailand and the yummy street food scene in Xi’An in China.
This is our top 3 favourite street food in Luang Prabang that made us very happy during our week in this city:
1, Barbecued meats
There are many stalls selling barbecued meats. But unlike elsewhere in Laos, the street food in Luang Prabang this has been adapted for foreigners.
In Laos, every part of the animal is eaten, so eating in a more local restaurant was hard for us (congealed pig’s blood in your noodle soup anyone? Or chunks of pork fat or other insides…?)
The meat at the night market is by far the best street food in Luang Prabang. It’s proper meat and it’s damn good.
2, Salted barbecued fish
As well as barbecued meats, fish is a very popular street food in Luang Prabang. There is a selection of different sized fish, which have been marinated, salted and are then barbecued in front of you to make a very tasty meal.
It’s around 30,000 to 50,000 kips (£2.50-£4 / $4-$6) for a whole fish depending on the size.
3, Spicy papaya salad
Som tam is the Thai take on the spicy papaya salad. We found out this healthy salad originated from Laos and called tam maak hoong.
Papaya salad is a very popular street food in Luang Prabang, made from green papaya with a cucumber like consistency, lots of lime juice, chilli and fish sauce. There are many stalls dotted around the night market and in Laos generally where it is prepared and sold.