SAN FRANCISCO (March 23, 2015) — Lanxang Kingdom, a new Lao restaurant, will be popping-up in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district on March 26, 2015.
The first restaurant in San Francisco to focus exclusively on Lao cuisine, Lanxang Kingdom will pop-up every Thursday at Turtle Tower’s 645 Larkin Street location from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu was created by the executive chef Dr.Vinya Sysamouth, and features popular dishes from various Lao regions such as Neam Khao (a crispy rice salad with fermented pork), Laab (often seen on Thai menus, but a true Lao dish), Lao spicy papaya salad (made with Lao fermented fish sauce), and even off-the-beaten path items, such as fried crickets and silk worm larvae.
To celebrate the grand opening, Lanxang Kingdom will be holding a reception from 7-9pm on March 26. During the reception, guests will be able to sample items from the menu and enjoy a cultural performance. Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite. Full restaurant services will be available prior to the reception from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lanxang Kingdom is being presented by the Center for Lao Studies (CLS), a local non-profit organization. “Food is a great way for people who are not familiar with the country of Laos or Lao culture to start to learn more about it,” said Mary Keovisai, CLS Program Coordinator. “With 2015 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Lao diaspora as well, nothing connects Lao people back to their homeland quite like food. I know that for many people, being able to visit Laos is a luxury that they cannot afford, so the restaurant is an opportunity for them to revisit Laos within San Francisco.”
“If the pop-up restaurant is successful, we hope that other Lao restaurateurs will start to market their restaurant as ‘Lao,’ and truly recognize a people and culture for their culinary art,” said Dr. Vinya Sysamouth, CLS Executive Director and Chef.
CLS was able to raise close to $13,000 through crowd funding and a Kiva loan to support the pop-up. All restaurant staff are volunteers and all proceeds benefit the Center for Lao Studies.
For more information about Lanxang Kingdom, visit www.facebook.com/ LanxangKingdom1354.
The Center for Lao Studies was formed in 2006 in response to a void in Lao Studies at the time. Today, CLS is an invaluable academic and resource center for scholars around the world interested in Laos and the Lao diaspora. For further information contact Dr. Vinya Sysamouth at 415-874-5578 or [email protected]