|Khao Piak Sien ("Lao's Noodle Soup - Kaow Paik" on menu)|
Some research pointed me to a dish called "Kaow Paik" (more fully rendered as "Khao Piak Sien" elsewhere) on the Champa Garden menu for my first Lao noodle adventure. Not only is this soup adjudged characteristically Lao and longed for by overseas Laotians, but the version offered by Champa Garden promised home-made noodles. Sold!
Overall, it was a solid bowl of comfort-giving noodles, in a chicken noodle soup kind of way. It's probably not a noodle dish I would seek out again, unless I had a killer head cold and there was no matzoh ball soup in sight, but I'll be back to Champa Garden. Next time I'll ask them to hit me up with the fermented bean soup.
Where slurped: Champa Garden, 613 Faxon Ave. (at Ocean Avenue), San Francisco