Best Vietnamese food
Small unnamed street parallel to Khou Vieng, one block east of Rue Sakkarine, Vientiane
T: (021) 214 444
You’ll probably smell the baskets of fresh baguettes before you see PVO and their sandwich stand out in front.
This shop is famous in Vientiane for banh mi, Vietnamese sandwiches made from crunchy baguettes stuffed with pate, a variety of meats, veg, pickles and chilli sauce. In fact, it surpasses some of the banh mi we’ve had in Vietnam.
Here you can also dig into an awesome bun bo, a noodle salad topped with lemongrass beef, fried spring rolls, herbs and a sweet and sour dressing. Served at room temperature, it’s the perfect dish if it’s hot and you’re craving noodles – a bowl for only 20,000 kip. Last but not least, try the ban xeo, Vietnamese savoury pancake stuffed with pork, beansprouts and sauce. Vegetarians can opt out of the pork.
At a separate location, one parallel street south, PVO Noodle is the spot to tuck into a bowl of delicious pho. Again, you’ll smell the fragrant pho broth first before you see the shop. Both of these restaurants are less than 500m from the central bus station, so it’s definitely a civilised food option before or after a long trip. It’s located across from the modern Vientiane Centre Mall, opened in 2015, and only a five-minute walk from the COPE Visitors Centre.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 8th July, 2015.