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Popular Sihom buns making dough for Vientiane couple

There are many popular snacks for sale in Vientiane but delicious buns are not so easy to find being a non-traditional Lao food, but many locals are developing a taste for the sweet western staple.
Delicious buns are particularly popular with teenagers and the venue of choice for freshly toasted buns with delicious fillings is Sihom Soft Toasted Buns Shop in downtown Sihom village, Chanthabouly district.

Tempting waffles piled up in a parfait glass at the Sihom Soft Toasted Buns Shop.

The outlet has been open for almost two years and even though it’s a small place, its own unique take on the humble bun is proving a hit with the punters.
The marketing philosophy that differentiates them from other shops seems straightforward enough - delicious high-quality buns at reasonable prices. And the shop has a menu to satisfy many customer tastes.
The combination of tasty fare and value for money is no doubt the reason that so many young people flock to the shop.
The shop receives a lot of interest on social media, especially teens posting photos of the buns through its official Facebook page which has now received an impressive 7,350 plus likes and more than 7,490 followers.
The shop owner, Mr Vongsak Thongsavang, or Mr Am, 25, told Vientiane Times recently that he and his wife Ms Vardsana Ngaovongsa opened the shop because they wanted to have a business and selling buns seemed right up their alley.
But they didn’t study cooking at school, instead honing their culinary skills by cooking buns for many months, and then developing special flavours of buns and waffles they thought Lao people would enjoy.
They then opened the Sihom Soft Toasted Buns Shop last year. They have four employees and run a delivery service.
Mr Vongsak said his shop sells an amazing 900 freshly toasted buns with delicious fillings along with 50 waffle parfait glasses every day.
Their buns have delectable flavours such as Thai tea milk, chocolate, pandan custard, Hokkaido milk, Matcha tea, taro and strawberry cream cheese, while customers can choose from sliced bread, chocolate, charcoal and original flour buns.
The buns are priced at a reasonable 5,000 kip each, while a half dozen will set you back 20,000 kip and 40,000 kip for a neat dozen.
If you would like more information about the Sihom Soft Toasted Buns Shop, visit the Facebook page: Pho Yok Shod.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update October 10, 2017)


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