[DFW] looking for best Lao food
Title pretty much sums it up. Looking for best lao spot in DFW. A thai restaurant with lao food works for me to an extent. However, as you probably know there is typically a distinguishable difference between lao style and thai style on mutual dishes (i.e., tam mak hoong, larb, etc...) and looking for lao food not thai food. On the flip side I know some lao people that own thai resturants (not in dallas) and by default stuff comes out thai style but if i order my food lao style, ill get it lao style. that totally works for me.
My parents really like the larb sold at this small Lao supermarket in Irving called Nalinh Market. Whenever I make a trip to Houston they always ask me to pick up a few orders. You can ask for it raw or cooked, extra spicy, etc. It's pretty good and only $7 an order. They sell sticky rice to go with it. They also sell papaya salad. I've never had it from there, but one of my friends orders it often. I have also tried their pad see ew. It's probably one of the best ones I've had (tastes similar to my Mom's). I'm sure they make other dishes as well. Hope this helps! I'm still on the search for good, authentic Lao and Thai food so if you have any recommendations let me know. I am willing to drive for good food. :)
allenlikewo - I'm completely ignorant of the differences between Lao and Thai cuisine, can you briefly mention what sets them apart?
You might give Thai-rrific a shot. I believe I read somewhere that the owners were Laotians.
I don't know if this is Lao style or not, but for papaya salad, Thai Express on Inwood in Dallas makes a version unlike any I've tried in Dallas. It had a very strong fish paste flavor that most Thai places shy away from and wasn't nearly as sweet. It may also have been the spiciest dish I've ever eaten. The owner is extremely friendly and talkative and may be able to help you find what you're looking for.
al427 - I've never heard of this place! I think I found the address as 1716 E Irving Blvd Irving, TX 75060. I'll be sure to try it also.
You should call in advance to place your order in case they run out of what you want or if a cook is not in. Like I mentioned in the previous entry it is not a restaurant. It is a pretty small store, about the size of a convenient store, and I think they close around 7 or 7:30 on weekdays. (I should've never said it was a supermarket.)
There is a new-ish Thai place called Thai Grill on Marsh and Frankford, right off G.Bush in Carrollton and the people that run it are from Laos, or at least a few are. Give them a try - they have good food, the only thing I didn't like was their pad thai - it was very saucy and I tend to like it drier. Otherwise - nice little joint.