Manila Southammavong and Kristen Walkes were long impressed with New York City’s rich culture, particularly dazzled by the bevy of international eats available. However, one thing felt missing - Lao food. Like many entrepreneurs, they decided to fill in the gap in the marketplace themselves. With that, I Eat Lao Food was born. Foodies hoping to fully experience the Big Apple’s culinary offerings need to stop by this cart ASAP.
Manila and Kristen got their start hosting events in their own backyard, sharing Manila’s mother’s recipes with members of the Lao community. As word spread, this little venture evolved into a full-fledged business. If you stop by, you can sample loads of traditional Lao fare. Grab a papaya salad as an appetizer or have some thip khao, sticky rice in a bamboo basket. Enjoy some spicy red curry mixed with lemongrass or scallions simmering in fish sauce. Whatever you sample, it’s sure to be great, so don’t hesitate to stop on by. If you love it, book ‘em for your next event. You won’t regret it.
Mok Pa - Catfish seasoned with dill, lime leaf, and lemongrass served up in a steamed banana leaf for a little sweet with your savory.