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Ando: It was one of those days where I wanted to dine locally, so Belle and I decided we would drive around Fairfield. We parked on the quiet side of Fairfield train station and decided to wander the streets. Khoune Kham caught our eyes as the restaurant seemed to occupy two adjoining stores.

The waitress was quite sociable and it was interesting to hear about the history of the family run restaurant. We learnt that the waitress’s parents operated a Laos and Thai restaurant under a different name in Cabramatta before relocating to Fairfield. Also the waitress’s aunty owns Lao Village down the road.

Lao Pork Sausages ($9). Made from coarsely chopped fatty pork seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, coriander, chillies, garlic, salt and fish sauce. Served with fish sauce, I was pleased with the thickness and saltiness of the sausage. It went well with the sticky rice ($3).

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Lao Fried Rice with Pickled Ham ($9). The fried rice tasted fresh with what tasted like a copious amount of shallots and coriander. The addition of the fried rice that has been fried till copper brown was a winner for me. It gave the dish that extra crunch. It was enjoyable to savour the whole dish. Not even one grain of rice remained!

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Lao Style Papaya Salad ($9). The waitress told us how this dish isn’t as popular to the Chinese diners as it is to the South East Asian diners due to its pungent smell. Fermented shrimp, crab and fish paste, and fish sauce is what gives this Lao dish that distinct Laos taste.

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This Lao and Thai restaurant is authentic and affordable. Open 7 days a week, they offer dining in and take away.

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(02) 9725 6999

Shop 8/9 Dale Street, Fairfield, NSW 2165

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