Larb Gai - Laos/Northern Thailand. Minced meat, shards of crisp red shallot, lime juice, herbs, roasted rice powder and dried chillies... larb can be fresh and fragrant, skipping across the tongue, or seriously, pungently powerful.For the recipe and tips on where to find the dish, check out our guide to the world's best spicy food: http://shop.lonelyplanet.com/world/worlds-best-spicy-food/
Though it may lack the buzz of Ho Chi Minh City or Bangkok, Vientiane has been transformed in recent years into a quaint backwater, with a string of cosmopolitan restaurants. It’s a place for kicking back and taking life at a Lao pace – epitomized by sundowners by the Mekong and home-style cooking. Riverside food stalls offer staples like tam màk hung (spicy papaya salad) and pîng kai (grilled chicken).