Namphou Coffee Noodle Shop
Xieng Nyeun, Vientiane, Laos
Best Noodles in VientianeThe name “Nampou Coffee” is a relic of the previous shop and belies the deliciousness inside just as much as the overly typical entrance does. Nothing that you can see from the outside does justice for the restaurant in a way that I would like to do for it which is to scream, “You’ve GOT to come in and try these amazing noodles!!!”
The broth is pork-based, rich but not oily. You can choose “cow piek” a thick rice noodle, or “pho” thin rice noodles, or “mee” yellow egg noodles, along with pork, duck, or chicken. The best part and the thing that makes it so delectable is the healthy topping of fried shallots which adds a sweet roasted flavor that is so aromatic and addictive that I wish the after taste would stay on my palate for the rest of the day. The soup is served with iced chrysanthemum tea along with an array of chillies and sauces that I never use because the broth is really that good just the way it is.
It’s located across the street and kitty-corner from the Lao Plaza Hotel on Pangkahm Street. It looks really dark inside at first but once your eyes adjust you’ll see everyone slurping up their steaming bowls and the friendly staff will happily take your order. Enjoy!