Being of Southeast Asian descent, I've had A LOT of good food from that region of the world. That said, I've yet to try Lao cuisine, although I have always been interested in trying the food. As you may have noticed around town, Laotian restaurants are hard to come by, so when I stumbled upon Sabaidee, I jumped at the opportunity to go.
Sabaidee, translated as "hello" in English, specializes in Lao & Thai Street Food. The menu consists of quick bites that you may grab during your lunch break or after a night out on the town, similar to what you might find at a true street food market. The bar and stools that line the front perimeter of the establishment add an overall authenticity to the experience as well.
But what about the food?
We both absolutely loved the Wings and Short Riblets. However, the crispy exterior and tasty flavor make the riblets my top pick. I wasn't surprised to hear that this is one of their most popular dishes.
Trailing just behind the riblets, for me, was the Larb Salad. The mint and cilantro on top add an extra freshness that makes this salad everything. It's unlike any dish I've ever had, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The Green Papaya Salad was the menu item I was most excited about because I love Thai papaya salad. At Sabaidee, you have the option of either Thai-style OR Lao-style. Can you guess which one I went with?
Yes, Lao! The big difference here is that, in the Lao style, they add soft shell crab. It definitely adds a different flavor to the papaya salad. And if you're daring enough, you can eat the crab pieces in whole!
Our biggest caution is to be careful on the spice level you choose here. This dish uses fresh chillies, and if you end up being a little over ambitious like we were, you could end up burning your taste buds right off. Maybe we're just wimps when it comes to spicy food, but the medium (2) was even too spicy for us (though that didn't stop us from downing it all).
Lastly, the drinks! I got the Lao Iced Coffee, and holy moly - this is no ordinary iced coffee! It's so, so, SO much more. I'm actually not too sure how to describe it because it's unlike any other coffee I've had before, but I will say that it has a unique depth of flavor that is quite pleasant and worth trying at least once. (And it's nothing like Vietnamese Iced Coffee, in case you were wondering.)
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