In Laos, Uncooked Duck Blood Salad Brings Individuals Collectively

In the event you’re touring in Vientiane, the capital metropolis of Laos, there’s no scarcity of eating places to select from. You may’t discover a single road and not using a brilliant, yellow BeerLao signal, promoting a pub, native eatery, or lodge.

However this restaurant, serving each variation of duck meat Laos chef may dream up, has obtained to be on the high in your listing of locations to eat. It’s actually a grilled duck paradise.

On this article, I’m going to share all the small print with you.

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Rotating geese over charcoal

Anna Grilled Duck Restaurant ຮ້ານແອນນາ ປີ້ງເປັດ

Initially, I’ve to say an enormous thanks to Mee, her husband Billy and all his pals too actually, as a result of with out them there’s no method we’d have recognized to return right here – the restaurant didn’t also have a menu!

We had met Mee and her buddy whereas having espresso simply exterior our Airbnb condominium unit. Our new pals had an concept to fulfill up later for dinner.

We arrived a bit earlier than 6PM, the grill was getting scorching, and there have been already a number of extra vehicles parking in entrance. We grabbed a desk between the kitchen and the well-lit yard music stage.

My senses had been buzzing with pleasure being hit by each the smells coming from that kitchen and the sound of meat scorching over open flame.

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Feasting in Vientiane, Laos

When a number ALREADY is aware of the place they’re going to take you actually within the subsequent breathe after inviting you, its protected to say that you just’re not going to be let down.

I couldn’t fairly catch the order, however I did hear the phrase duck a few dozen instances… actually I used to be simply salivating watching plates of roasted chook being handed round.

Laab Wager Suk (Duck Salad, Non-raw model)

What to Eat

Now, for the meals.

The dish that you just simply need to strive known as Laab Baeng Pet.

They weren’t truly making the completely uncooked model on this specific day, so we settled for cooked meat with the uncooked blood – which was simply fantastic in its personal proper after all.

In the event you’ve ever imagined a single chew containing a blast of contemporary herbs, wealthy, oily minced duck meat, mouth-cooling jelly, all lined with crackling fried shallots, you then would love this dish.

A Laos Specialty, Recent Duck Blood!

Laos specialty dish

No, its not oil that makes this dish so crimson, however blood collected from the freshly ready duck.

They take the blood straight from the duck, stirring it the entire time to maintain it from clotting collectively.

Together with uncooked duck blood, a mix of Laos mint, roasted peanuts, inexperienced onions, freshly chopped chilies, and crispy fried shallots had been added.

Chase the blood chew with a uncooked chili dipped in shrimp paste

Earlier than you dig in, first squeeze some lime juice onto your entire plate of uncooked duck blood salad.

Subsequent, you’re going to wish to put together your self a contemporary uncooked chili by dipping it into the shrimp paste – that is going to be your chaser.

Laos raw duck blood salad
Put together your chili and shrimp paste

Nonetheless it sounds at first, let me guarantee you – the flavour was not what I had imagined in any respect. Splendidly aromatic, no coppery sensation in any respect.

The graceful, wealthy textures, accompanied by crisp smells from the big quantity of shredded herbs, it truly is a dish that brings folks in Laos collectively. An exquisite mixture.

I had by no means had something like this earlier than, however actually I didn’t simply have seconds – I had thirds. This was unimaginable. In the event you’re within the capital of Vientiane, Laos, you completely can not miss this dish.

Grilled duck, Laos type, marinated in fermented fish sauce

You must also order a minimum of one grilled duck, it’s marinated in a sauce that may solely be described as ‘Genius.’

There have been many flavors occurring, however I’m positive the primary ingredient needs to be Laos Padaek (the fermented fish sauce of Laos), the sort present in Inexperienced Papaya Salad as properly.

The chef smears it onto the duck earlier than grilling, that fermented fish taste matches with the smoky aromas splendidly.

Roll a small ball of sticky rice in your consuming hand, then attain over and seize a bit of duck. There have been a number of dipping sauces to select from as properly, however actually, the duck was so flavorful by itself it didn’t actually need any sauce.

After that chew, take your decide from Vietnamese coriander, saw-tooth herb, yard beans, and even one other chili, from a aspect plate of contemporary herbs. They’re there to wash your mouth after every chew, and in addition handle the constructing fireplace.

To be trustworthy we had a number of plates of ‘Laap Pet’ as properly, however we couldn’t go away earlier than ending three huge dishes of that fantastic Paeng Pet.

This was our final evening in Vientiane, profitable with yet one more native Laos meat feast.

Loads of eating places serve Laap Paeng Pet in Vientiane, Laos, however Anna Grilled Duck is without doubt one of the greatest.

Restaurants in Vientiane
Anna Grilled Duck

How To Get There

Anna Grilled Duck is nearly straight South of the town middle, and will take about 10 minutes by tuktuk from the riverside strolling/market space. Coming from the Talad Sao (Morning Market/Bus Station), it’s solely about 3km.

See the map beneath (the restaurant is simply behind the Australian Embassy).

Anna Grilled Duck Restaurant ຮ້ານແອນນາ ປີ້ງເປັດs

Open hours: 2pm-10pm (dwell music begins round 8pm)
Costs: Plan on 50,000-60,000 kip for every meat dish