Sticky rice is the staple food of any Laotian meal. It is called “khao niaow” and made from glutinous rice. It contains a higher sugar level than normal rice, which gives it its stickiness.

Khao niew is made from glutinous rice that contains a higher amount of sugar than the conventional rice but it is actually gluten-free. That’s the reason why Laotian sticky rice is more delicate and delicious than other kinds of rice. Laotian Khao niew is served into a bamboo basket which keeps the rice moist and flavor intact.