I bought a package of Lao sausage from That Luang Kitchen a week ago and while it’s very good, it’s less spicy and less flavorful than the Lao sausage served at Vietian Café or Green Papaya Deli.
The TLK product is labeled “CURED PORK SAUSAGE, Laotian Brand” from L&B Foods, Inc. in Pawtucket, R.I. I haven’t eaten a meal at TLK yet and don’t know if they use the same sausage in their restaurant dishes. It’s thinner than the Vientian Café sausage which is made from scratch on premises.
Based on my limited experience with Lao sausage (one package from TLK, one meal at Green Papaya Deli and several servings of Vientian Café’s version) I prefer Green Papaya Deli’s over Vientian Café’s and Vientian Café’s over TLK. My first serving of Lao sausage was at Green Papaya Deli, and my memory of its awesomeness may be inflated by having one of those “Wow” moments the first time you taste something really good you didn’t know about before. I was at GPD to try the Mok Pa and just ordered the Lao sausage on a whim so the impression was even stronger for having been unexpected.
I’d be interested in hearing others’ impressions of different versions of Lao sausage and where to get them, and whether anyone knows if TLK serves the same packaged sausage in their restaurant dishes. We also got some Nam Khao to go from TLK and the sausage in it seemed consistent with the packaged stuff but it was in fairly small pieces so it’s hard to tell.
I've already seen the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/785717 and am interested in sausage available with restaurant meals as well as packaged sausage.
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