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Hmong Night Market

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Th Sisavangvong (at Wat Mai corner), Luang Prabang, Laos,

Vegan food buffet in the night market. Large selection of dishes include tofu, veggies, and rice paper rolls. As much as you can fit on a plate for 10-15,000 kip, depending on the stall. Directions: when you enter the night market from the west, walk down Sisavangvong road, past the first laneway of food stalls on you left, after 5 minutes walking through the craft stalls, you'll see the vegan buffet on your left, on the corner of Wat Mai. Mon-Sun 5:00pm-10:00pm

Category: Vegan, Buffet, Fast food, Laotian

Reviews (23)

First Review by vegan_simon

Go early - Edit

Range of vegan food arrives super fresh just after 6pm to a waiting line of hungry Europeans. 10000 for the buffet and 10000 for the beer is a pretty hard deal to beat. If the food lasts beyond 7pm it's perhaps best avoided in this heat.

Pros: cheap , plentiful

Cons: don't let it sit too long in the heat

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Tasty and cheap! - Edit

I would recommend going early (before 6 pm) when the food is fresh and hasn't been visited by too many flies. The spring rolls are simple and tasty! Food is not too greasy which is a plus.

Pros: cheap, enough variety

Cons: tables are falling apart so don't expect fancy sea

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Cheap and clean - Edit

Not especially delicious or warm, but a much better option than most of the overpriced restaurants on Sisavangvong. There are actually 3 stalls. One where the description says and the other 2 in a covered food alley next to Indigo Cafe (maybe vegetarian and not Vegan). I've only tried the first. The photos people have uploaded are from both locations. There are also many other Vegan foods in the night market. Coconut mini pancakes, fried bananas, steamed corn, Vegan spring rolls, fruit, and veggies on skewers.

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all vegan buffet - Edit

As this buffet is the only all vegan place in Luang Prabang, we had to check it out. It's only 10,000 kip (about $1.25) and all you can fit on one plate. The food was basic, but very good. They get a five just due to being vegan and so cheap. Can't be beat. And there's a long communal table and we barely got a seat. The place is hopping. Definitely check them out and stroll around the market too.

Pros: all vegan, cheap

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Vegan & Cheap - Edit

It's really nice to have this place - street food without having to ask and to worry whether it is vegan... and very cheap (only 10.000 Kip)! You pile up as much as you want on a plate, than hand it over to them to reheat it in a wok. So, it all gets mixed in the wok, consider this when choosing your options... You can then eat your food at large communal tables in the street.
The food isn't a culinary revelation, but is tasty and filling. It isn't easy to find inexpensive vegan options in the centre of Luang Prabang, as everything is very very touristy and many restaurants aimed at a wealthy clientele, with focus on french cuisine...

Pros: Vegan, Central, Cheap

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Great place - Edit

We dined here a few times and for 10,000Kip who can complain?
Buffet style, help yourself and so much to choose from. Serves Lao Beer.
Owner Teng doesn't spk any English, but then you help urself and give him the money. He will say Sabaidee.

Pros: cheap, buffet style, clean

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I loved it! - Edit

This food stall is amazing and all vegan. The food seems to be simple but it isn't bad at all. Oh, and so cheap!

The owner speaks good English.

We ate here every evening for several days and did not get sick. Well, but the stall seems to be clean and the food is fresh.

The owner will heat the food if you ask him.

Pros: Relaxing atmosphere, Very popular, nice vibe, Tasty food, all vegan

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Cool experience - Edit

Love the style of eating experience here, very casual - just pay, fill your plate and eat at a long table on the street. Can be filling as long as you pile up your plate. Great to have so much variety that is vegan! Not convinced the rice is vegan - looked and tasted very much like cheese (yummy though!) All for the bargain price of 10,000 kip, win!

Pros: Cheap, casual, variety

Cons: Cold food

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Cheap and tasty - Edit

The cheapest food you can get in Luang Prabang. They have a lot of things to choose from. The food is tasty. Very often the food is cold but then you can ask them to warm it up in a wok pan. There was some days that they didn't have the pan but most of the time they did.

Pros: Cheap, Tasty

Cons: Cold food

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The only veg*n game in town - Edit

As of Feb 2015, this little pop-up buffet table is still Luang Prabang's only 100% vegetarian eatery, and it seems to do a roaring trade.

There's a very good selection of Lao vegan dishes to choose from here.

The only downside is that, even when we arrived right when they opened at 5:00pm, most of the dishes were lukewarm at best and several were cold. This isn't just an issue of taste and texture; it's also a health issue, since potentially harmful bacteria starts growing on most cooked foods left out longer than 45 minutes or so. For this reason, we suggest that everyone who eats here do as we did: Ask them to heat up the food for you. If enough of their customers ask, perhaps they'll realize the importance of this.

That said, the food is tasty and the people serving it are delightful, and at 10,000 kip (barely more than $1 US) for as much as you care to pile on your plate, the price can't be beat.

So, if you don't mind crowds, communal tables, and a potentially jostling wander to find this place, we think it's a great experience to eat here at least once, even if only to get a taste of local life and support people who are selling vegetarian food.

Updated from previous review on Wednesday July 04, 2012

Pros: Only plant-based food, rock-bottom price

Cons: Food often served cold

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Cheap and nice - Edit

Very nice food and a lot of different things to choose from. I spent 3 days in Luang Prabang and had all my dinner meals there.

They'll warm the food for you if you ask them to. Drinks are cheap as well.

Pros: Price, Tasty food, Location

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very good - Edit

No evening during our stay in Luang Prabang went without visiting this place. The food is very simple but tastes delicious when you add some of the sauces provided on the tables. At the end of the day, you can't complain about anything when the place makes you full for 10 000 kip.

There are quite a few stalls on the same market street that sell sandwiches. Vegetable-only version is vegan if you skip mayonnaise. Same is with juice shake stalls. Tell them not to add any milk and you have a nice vegan dessert. Be aware that coconut milk powder that they offer instead of milk is NOT vegan (contains casein).

Pros: good value, location, variety

Cons: could be cleaner

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Cheap vegan food with good ambiance - Edit

I am not sure if I am reviewing the right place as there seemed to be a couple of vegan food stalls around the night market. One was in the middle of the food stalls, while this one was on its own at another place in the night market. Food was inexpensive as you could fill your bowl for only 10000 kip which would be enough to fill most eaters. You could also buy a big bottle of BeerLao for only 10000 which was another bonus. You could ask for them to heat up your plate but you would have to wait quite a while if the place was busy. Food options all tasted about the same but was not
bad. The communal tables were nice except for one evening when a few Asian visitors kept spitting and burping. Given the cheap price and nice night market ambiance I thought this was the best vegan option in LP. Open from 5-10 pm every day.

Pros: cheap, vegan, location

Cons: food not the best tasting

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We Got Sick - Edit

We had dinner here 4 days in a row, but the fourth day we got really sick from the food, which actually shouldn't come as a surprise. The food is really cheap and quite tasty for the price. The plates are small, but you can put as much as you want on them, so it is no problem to get really full. Be sure to make him heat it properly though!!!! You wouldn't want to spend 2 days in bed afterwards.

Pros: Cheap, Tasty, Nice Atmosphere

Cons: Bad Hygiene, Crowded

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Cheap, literally and figuratively - Edit

There isn't really much to say about this stand at the night market.
The food is vegan.
The food is cheap.
The food is uninspiring.

Pros: Cheap, Vegan

Cons: Bland

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Amazing for the price. - Edit

For me this place was amazing. Probably doesn't offer so much, but so nice to find a everything you can put in a plate for just $10.000 kip. Incredible. And you pass the plate to the guys and they will warm it in the wok.
The atmosphere is great. Meet a few good vibe travelers there.
Was not so difficult for me to find it. Just read the previous comment, check for Wat Mai temple, and was there just in the corner of the temple.
Drinks options are beer or soda can's for 6.000.

Totally recommended!

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Great vegan buffet! - Edit

Great vegan buffet! Tasty root-vegetable dishes, sprouts, tofu, rice-paper rolls and more. You can pile up your plate really high and it's only 10,000 kip. Incredible value! If you want your food hot, give it to the stall owner to reheat in the wok (I was happy with mine unheated though). Then you grab a seat on the communal table and enjoy!

It's a bit tricky to find the stall. If you enter the night markets from the west, walk down Sisavangvong road, straight past the first laneway of food stalls on your left. (There are buffets in this laneway with some vegetarian options but also lots of meat.) After 5 minutes walking through the craft stalls, you'll see the vegan buffet by itself, on your left, on the corner of Wat Mai / 'Vat May'. It's worth it to find this all-vegan one. It's un-signposted, but you'll recognise it by the fact there aren't any chargrilled animal carcasses on the table.

Pros: Delicious variety, Incredible value

Cons: A bit tricky to find

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Mediocre food but what a deal! - Edit

The buffet-style food was nothing spectacular, but for 5,000K i guess i really can't complain. Bland, oily, but decent and cheap. The plate is small, but its a good choice for a light dinner or snack. Also, the night market atmosphere is nice. From what I could tell, all 3 vegetarian booths at the market more or less had the same food.

Pros: great value, fun atmosphere

Cons: mediocre food, small portions

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A very popular place - Edit

We found the veggie stall selling 5000kip buffet plates just on the corner of the National Museum and we were very impressed. There were about 10 or so dishes to choose from including salads, rice, tofu, noodles and rice paper rolls for an extra 1000kip each. All were covered with clingfilm and you just help yourself. To be honest the plates aren't that big but you can pile them as high as you like - and what else can you expect for 5000kip?! - I would recommend it as a fantastic place for a light dinner. Nice to see it so busy. Grab a place at the communal bench as soon as you can (watch out for the wheels under the table) and just enjoy the Night Market around you.

Pros: Cheap, Nutritious, Great selection - not much mock meat

Cons: Seating gets busy

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