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“One of my top 5 cooking experiences anywhere”
Review of Lao Experiences

Lao Experiences
Ranked #2 of 87 things to do in Vientiane
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Owner description: Lao Experiences offers Lao cooking and culture in Nook's garden by the Mekong River. Learn about ingredients you will use to create your Lao lunch. Make a variety of popular Lao dishes using traditional implements and techniques. Learn secrets of making perfect sticky rice. Meet at The Full Moon Cafe at 8:00am for our Fresh Market Tour & Tasting, 10am for our Lao Cooking Course. Book and pay at The Full Moon Cafe (Rue Francois Ngin) Riverside Precinct the previous day.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a treasure - one of my favorite experiences on our three-week trip to SE Asia. I am an experienced home cook, read a lot, and have taken many classes, but I found this class particularly delightful, informative, and tasty! Nook picked us up at our hotel in a tuk-tuk and we were off to the market. We were lucky to be the only two students that day. Nook was a wonderful tour guide through the hundreds of stalls, where she arranged for us to taste new items as we wound our way through and she helped me buy some inexpensive cooking supplies to take home (a handy tool to shred coconut and a small basket to keep sticky rice warm - US$1.50 for both). After the market, Nook took us to a hidden gem of a cafe for Lao coffee, and then to her home outside of town for a cooking lesson in her yard. The class was well-organized, informative, as professional as any I've taken home or abroad, and entirely hands on, except that Nook deep fried the cicadas herself, about which I was pretty skeptical until she served them to us hot, crunchy, and perfectly spiced (the equivalent of a good bar snack). She soaked the sticky rice and prepared the dessert ahead, but showed us how to prepare and cook the rice. And the meal we prepared under her tutelage was delicious! Fish and herbs steamed in banana leaf, two grilled vegetable dips (one tomato, one eggplant), green papaya salad, and spicken chicken salad. We enjoyed our lovely meal outside and then she arranged for her driver to take us on an afternoon tour. And she gave us a little recipe booklet for everything we made. What a great day - totally worth it in every respect. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did the market tour and cooking class. The market tour started at 8am, in a market just up the road. It was great to hear where the produce came from, in particular the seafood. It was just him and I so the one on one experience was fantastic. We then went to a local cafe for Laos coffee and mango pancakes - highly recommend. We then headed to the cooking class at about 10.30. There, another 5 people joined us. Group size was perfect with a mix of ages. The cooking class was really interactive. Nouk's English was amazing. She was funny and it was lovely to actually chat to her, not just about food.

1  Thank alariaa
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Having arrived late the night before on a flight from Canada, we were unable to confirm a time for both a cooking class and market visit with Nouk - but we contacted her the morning of and she accommodated us for a market tour, which was wonderful. We had a lovely time and really enjoyed the pancakes and coconut coffee as well.

1  Thank Rahul R
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

The day started off early with a fascinating tour around the two indoor markets selling a huge and colourful range of vegetables, herbs, spices, rice, fish, meat, offle, fruit, eggs and wild green from the countryside. Nouk gave us a helpful running commentary. Once our ingredients had been bought, we sampled some local cakes and pancakes at The Full Moon Cafe then we were driven in a tuk-tuk to Nouk's house where the cooking began, in the garden area but under cover. We learnt to make five traditional healthy and fresh Laos dishes with strong flavours and plenty of variety, which we then ate communally. Hugely enjoyable and Nouk and her helpers are great teachers.

2  Thank Maggi1949
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Reviewed 7 December 2017

This was an amazing day and really did it just to fill in our last day at Vientianne. Expexting to just make springrolls and a curry. Totally underestimated this course.
Casual and friendly. My partner and I love cooking and were treated to different style of food and cooking. The food and staff are incredible. A must do if you are a foodie or would like to go home and cook up a storm for your friends or family.

Thank Dave W
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