Laotians eat more sticky rice than any group or people in the world. Many Laotians refer to themselves as Luk Khao Niaow – children / descendants of sticky rice.
Galangal, lemongrass and Lao fish sauce are important ingredients in Laotian cuisine. The most famous dish is Larb, a spicy mixture of (sometimes raw)marinated meat and/or fish, mixed with combinations of herbs, greens, and spices. Another Laotian original recipe is the spicy green Papaya salad known as tam mak hoong. Its commonly known across Thailand and to many westerners as som tam.
Laos food recipes and cuisine has regional variations due to the availability of fresh local produce. The French colonial legacy is still apparent in the capital city of Vientiane, with baguettes sold on the streets. French restaurants are both common and popular.