Lao cuisine has burst onto the London foodie scene thanks to a fiery, feisty pop-up from Saiphin Moore, co-founder and head chef of Rosa’s Thai Café.
The Laos Café by Saiphin is running until the end of February 2016. The pop-up offers punchy Lao favourites rarely seen on the city’s streets. Sticking to traditional cooking techniques, Saiphin and her tiny team of chefs prepare everything on charcoal in a tiny kitchen ready to bring a kick to lunchtimes and unique offerings to evenings.
Sharing is at the very core of a menu, built around smaller plates and mix-and-match dishes including Isaan mini sausages (saigrok-isaan); Spicy liver salad (tub-wan); Chargrilled seabass (pla-yang) with chilli dip; Seafood salad and glass noodles (yum-woon-sen); Banana leaf-steamed white and black sticky rice; and one of Laos’ most iconic dishes som-tun, a dressed papaya salad.
Drinks include a selection of wines, homemade ice-teas, gourmet coffees and ice-cold Chang beer, and there is freshly-made coconut ice-cream for dessert.
Providing the perfect light, fresh and healthy bite, but with unrivalled flavour, this could be the start of a Laos revolution, so check out this pop-up while you can!
Laos Café by Saiphin, 25 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HN