Maneelap Srimongkoun

Maneelap Srimongkoun

What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents. -Michael Chiarello

Authentic Lao food is so rare in the bay area and I am glad to finally find a place that I could return to and enjoy as I reminisce about my youth. A time when playing chess and checkers with my hispanic neighbors in the slum part of town was a happy time and my family was with a Laotian granny who taught me love and respect. Remembering the taste of sticky rice pulled from a bamboo container with my hands, the dried meats and the scent of spicy sauces that I would use excuses to frequently dip. I was only five back then. It was a wonderful time in my life. I hope if you do have a chance, please visit Maneelap. A sweet restaurant owned by a Laotian family. Mother, brother and uncle are the cooks of this restaurant.

Right now there is a groupon deal available at:

Tum Tang – Lao’s style cucumber salad with salty crab and tomatoes in spicy lime sauce
Ground Chicken Basil Fried Rice
Num Tok- Grilled beef with rice powder, dried chilli, red onion, green onion, mint leaves and spicy lime juice
Nam Kao Tod – Crispy rice ball with raw preserved pork , fresh ginger, onion, cilantro, mint, with spicy lime sauce (reminds me of vietnamese nem chua)

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