My quest for new and exotic noodles today took me to Maneelap Srimongkoun Restaurant in the Outer Mission/Excelsior district. It opened on New Year's Day. It was developed by sisters-in-law, one Lao and one Thai, and both cuisines are served, separately identified on the menu.
I ordered a satisfying bowl of Khao Poon (a.k.a. "Lao laksa"), some Lao sausage, and a side of sticky rice which I used to sop up broth from my Khao Poon (and for the fun of eating it with my bare hands). The Lao sausage seemed less spicy and drier than the version at Champa Garden, but the server told me it can be served less dry on request.
The restaurant is named after a Lao Monk who happens to be a friend of the family and who blessed the enterprise by telephone.
Looking forward to reports on other Lao dishes and Thai dishes as well