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Tum Tum Bamboo, Luang Prabang, Laos

Lonely Planet calls it “Authentic flavours in an ambient setting.” I call it one of the more charming addresses on the main drag in Luang Prabang.


I started out with my favourite – deep fried river weed:


You can read all about the river weed here on Sticky Rice. Basically, even though the weed looks like Japanese nori (seaweed), it’s not the same. It’s sturdier and can stand up to being deep fried as it’s served at Tum Tum Bamboo, sprinkled with sesame seeds and thinly sliced lemongrass:


As I said previously, I was a bit addicted to the deep fried river weed- we also ate it at Khop Chai Deu in Vientiane.

Neil ate another green papaya salad:


This one was still pretty spicy but much more digestible than his previous try at Khop Chai Deu!

For mains, three guesses as to what I chose:


Yup, that’s chicken laap again! Very much like when we are in France and always order the crème brûlée, (or… err… even in Laos!) in Laos we did a little laap testing. Love that stuff.

Neil chose a simple green curry:


Which contained lots of greens (to his disappointment, he’s not much of a greens boy!) but also wonderfully tender, aromatic chicken.

This meal was included in the price of our trip and we felt so spoiled!!! Again, super fresh food at super cheap prices. For a country not known for its food, we ate pretty well when in Laos…

Tum Tum Bamboo
Th Sisavangvong,
Old Town, Luang Prabang
Lao PDR

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10 Responses to Tum Tum Bamboo, Luang Prabang, Laos

  1. Neil C. Phillips September 25, 2009 at 12:10 #

    I have to reinforce Mardi's closing comment.

    Not many talk about the cuisine of Laos, as it's overshadowed by its incendiary neighbour to the west and fishy neighbour to the east.

    But we may have had one or two poor meals during our entire visit — and that expected, during a quick truck-stop break. The above meal was delightful, but perhaps more notable, it was not "out of the norm" for our trip.

    I am determined to make laap for our Rotary Dinner Club party…we'll keep you posted. :-)

  2. penny aka jeroxie September 25, 2009 at 12:43 #

    They all looks good. I love chicken laap too!

  3. Jessie September 25, 2009 at 12:50 #

    all of those dishes look so tasty, I wish I can go to Laos just to try out all of those great restaurants

  4. Divina Pe September 25, 2009 at 14:06 #

    More Laos adventure for you. Now I really want to go.

  5. Conor @ HoldtheBeef September 25, 2009 at 14:29 #

    Everything just looks so aromatic and flavoursome. I don't blame you for going the chicken laap again, it looks difficult to resist it's charming ways!

  6. eatlivetravelwrite September 25, 2009 at 18:10 #

    Penny – gotta heart the chicken laap!

    Jessie – it's a great (secret) foodie destination!

    Divina – Oh I have MANY more pictures of Laos to come!

    Conor – Chicken laap is right up there with bacon and chocolate in my book…

  7. Simply Life September 25, 2009 at 20:44 #

    wow, I've never even heard of river weed- sounds fun!

  8. K a b l o o e y September 26, 2009 at 00:35 #

    So are you trying to locally source some river weed so you can make it at home?

  9. Chow and Chatter September 26, 2009 at 02:12 #

    great and interesting post

  10. eatlivetravelwrite September 26, 2009 at 13:18 #

    Simply Life – neither had I until I went to Laos.

    Kablooey – ha! Don't think so!

    Chow and Chatter – thanks.

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