Saap Lao Kitchen Is for Lao Food Lovers

For those who crave Lao food’s school of flavor, there is Saap Lao Kitchen, the team-approach family endeavor that’s taken the pop-up’s guerilla approach to spreading Lao flavor.

“It happened organically,” says Cliff Douangdara, one of Saap’s all-in-the-family founders.

It started, in fact, with a New Year’s resolution: four male cousins who grew up in the kitchen learning from their mothers, who are sisters, determined that they would introduce others to the food they grew up with. Not quite two years and a couple more cousins later, under the name Saap Lao Kitchen they peddle vibrant street-style food at pop-ups and are a presence at farmers markets (Dallas, Grapevine, Grand Prairie), with their sights ultimately set on a brick and mortar.

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Maggie Kennedy
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Have you ever tried Lao cuisine? Embark on a culinary journey to Southeast Asia and discover the flavors of Laos. SAAP means “delicious” — and this family is on a mission to share their country’s incredible food with the world: crispy coconut rice with cured pork meat, spicy smashed papaya salad, and baked lemongrass chicken.

When they’re not hosting pop-ups in Fort Worth, you’ll find SAAP Lao selling handcrafted, Lao-style beef jerky (aka crack jerky) at the Dallas Farmers Market.

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Maggie Kennedy