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Tamarind, Luang Prabang

Kounsoa Road
Luang Prabang
Tel: 856 20 777 0484's insider take:

As a source for cooking classes, market tours, and a ridiculously affordable menu, partners Joy Ngeuamboupha and Caroline Gaylard may be the town's most enthusiastic promoters of Lao cuisine. Part classroom and part gift shop, their storefront restaurant located one block west of Villa Santi relies on homegrown recipes using local organic products. A typical meal of sticky rice served with oua si kai—stalks of lemongrass that have been sliced open; stuffed with minced chicken, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves; and then fried—runs about $4, including an ice-cold Beerlao. You'll have plenty left in your budget to buy gift packs of Lao coffee, forest honey, or dried river moss. Tamarind's early hours make it best suited to lunch, although every Friday evening there's a prix fixe feast of pun pa—farm-raised tilapia stuffed with lemongrass then steamed in banana leaves—accompanied by nibbles like river moss and sesame seed crackers with a smoked eggplant spread. —Updated by Christopher Cox

Open Mondays through Saturdays,11 am to 6 pm, later on Fridays.

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