Neighborhood Favorite: South Area Market

Taurine, the energy-drink ingredient purported to increase stamina and athletic performance, was first isolated in beef bile — hence the brand name Red Bull. Today, the taurine in sodas and supplements is synthetic, but South Area Market, one of Sacramento’s longest-standing Lao restaurants, serves the real thing. Order thom keuang nai, roughly translated “intestines soup” …

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Chef Donny Sirisavath Embraces His Lao Family Traditions at Khao Noodle Shop

Donny Sirisavath—the chef and owner of lauded Lao restaurant Khao Noodle Shop in Dallas, Texas—has been interested in food for as long as he can remember. In fact, it was this curiosity and obsession with trying new things that landed him in the hospital to get his stomach pumped after mistaking a box of rat …

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A taste of Southeast Asia at Tuk Tuk Mobile Feast, Seattle’s only Lao food truck

In a kitchen some 7,007 miles away from Seattle, someone is adding fresh mint, basil, or cilantro to the perfect family feast of Laotian dishes, all served with the cuisine’s signature sticky rice. Traveling over 7,000 miles for the best feast of your life takes some serious effort, but it’s absolutely worth it. However, if …

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A taste of Laos at Sap Sap Lao Cafe in Pinellas Park

PINELLAS PARK — Despite its busy, often congested thoroughfares, seemingly endless traffic along 49th Street N and the anxiety that comes from too many forced left turns, I have a real soft spot in my heart for Pinellas Park. At almost every major intersection, I’m greeted with a multicultural smorgasbord: Filipino or Honduran, Thai or …

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Thip Soulisak’s Family Legacy Lives On Through His Lao Food Pop-Up

When Thip Soulisak moved to Los Angeles from Virginia, he came to fulfill his unique dream of becoming an event planner for the Hollywood elite. As he began coordinating more and more events, however, he found working with many of the unpredictable personalities of the industry stressful. To escape, he found comfort in watching Food …

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Sexy Food and Tasty Beer When Laos Is in the House

How about a seven-course Laotian meal prepared by chef Bob Somsith at Austin’s own 4th Tap Brewing Co-op? You know: In an enormous, soaring-ceilinged warehouse space, sparsely peopled, properly distanced – the sort of situation that’s better for safety in these pandemic times. And how about pairings of well-crafted 4th Tap quaffs to go with …

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Amkha Omakase Combines Lao Flavors With a Chef’s Choice Sushi Experience

Launching in November, Snackboxe Bistro owner Thip Athakhanh teams up with the restaurant’s chef, Amkha Sayasan, to offer a Lao sushi omakase take-home experience It“It happened one night over dinner. We were discussing our passion for food and sushi because Amkha loves sushi. I’ll never turn down an invite to go eat at a sushi …

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