Category Archives: Food


A Bite on the Wild Side – Exotic and Foraged Lao Food

Exotic Lao Food Champa Meuanglao Magazine

Europe’s top tables, such as Noma in Copenhagen, have built reputations and garnered Michelin stars on the trend for foraged food and edible insects. But that won’t turn any heads in Laos; such food has always been part of the country’s rich culinary landscape. Intrepid eater Mick Shippen takes a

Coffee, bagels and a loving push (the true Joma story)


Words: Francis Savanhkham
Photos: Phoonsab Thevongsa

Way back in 1994, a Canadian living in Vientiane opened a bakery. Much and More, as it was then called, had two main reasons for existing. One was to produce and supply sandwich bread to surrounding businesses. But its main purpose was to provide …

Foodie Review: The State of Pasta’s Homemade Pasta is a Must Try!

The State of Pasta

The State of Pasta offers delicious gourmet pasta dishes at a fraction of the price that you would find in most Italian restaurants around town. The atmosphere of the restaurant is quite casual and suitable for business lunches, impromptu catch ups with friends, and family friendly dining. I was pleasantly …

Special Promotion from The Pizza Company and Swensen’s

On the special occasion of the seventh anniversary of the Pizza Company and Swensen’s opening in Laos, the two restaurants are offering special promotions to give back to their customers, including a buy 1 get 1 free offer. This offer is valid only for a large pizza with crusts, with …

Is Laos Finally Getting a Krispy Kreme?

king food

Great news for foodies who have to travel to Bangkok just to get their Krispy Kreme fix . King Food Group Co, a Thai-based company owned by the Mahagitsiri family, has announced that they are looking to enter the food market in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV), bringing along

Cooking in the Slow Lane: The World Catches Up To Laos

Slow Food Laos

The world finally catches up to what Laos does best, writes MICK SHIPPEN.

Hemmed in by culinary giants Thailand, Vietnam and China, the cuisine of Laos has never enjoyed the attention it deserves, but one Vientiane chef is determined to change all that.

In this fast-paced world of ours, some …

Or-Laam: A Dish Fit For A King


It wasn’t an easy job, being a Lao king. Imagine the discomfort of having to dress in the finest silk and adorned in the purest gold in an air-condition-less era in one of the most humid places in the world. Imagine the burden of wandering around the royal gardens anticipating …

Naked Espresso: Bringing Café Cool to Vientiane

Naked Espresso CML

When he arrived in Sydney as a student in 2001, Ariya Khamvongsa spent his first days sightseeing.

But as he took in the famous Darling Harbour and the iconic bridge, it wasn’t the world-famous landmarks that caught his eye – it was a queue outside a harbourfront café.

With no …