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Kaipen - Lao River Weed Snack 200g bag

Kaipen - Lao River Weed Snack 200g bag

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Kaipen, also known as "Lao River Weed," is a traditional Laotian snack made from freshwater green algae found in the rivers of northern Laos, particularly around the city of Luang Prabang. This unique and nutritious snack is a popular delicacy in Laos and is cherished for its distinctive taste and health benefits. From December to May, when water levels drop during the dry season, River weed are harvested from the Mekong and other rivers in northern Laos only. 

Kaipen - Lao River Weed Snack

Savor the Authentic Taste of Laos

Discover the unique and nutritious delight of Kaipen, a traditional Laotian snack made from freshwater green algae, hand-harvested from the pristine rivers of northern Laos. This crispy, savory treat is a staple of Laotian cuisine, offering a delicious taste of the country's natural bounty.


  • Freshwater green algae (river weed)
  • Sesame seeds
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Local spices

Flavor Profile:

  • Savory and Umami: A rich and savory flavor with a touch of umami, enhanced by the natural goodness of river weed and seasonings.
  • Crispy Texture: Light and crispy, perfect for snacking.

Health Benefits:

  • Nutrient-Dense: Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, and protein.
  • Low-Calorie: A healthy, guilt-free snack option.
  • Antioxidant-Rich: Helps protect your body from oxidative stress and supports overall health.

Support Local Communities: By purchasing Kaipen, you are directly supporting the local farmers and artisans of northern Laos. Your purchase helps provide them with a sustainable income, empowering these communities and preserving their traditional way of life.

Perfect For:

  • Healthy Snacking: Enjoy a nutritious and delicious snack any time of the day.
  • Gourmet Pairing: Pair with Jeow Bong or your favorite dip for an authentic Laotian experience.
  • Culinary Exploration: A unique way to explore the flavors of Laos and its traditional cuisine.

Experience the rich cultural heritage and natural flavors of Laos with Kaipen. Order today and enjoy this delightful snack while making a positive impact on the lives of local communities. Thank you for your support!

Read more about Kaipen in our Blog post.

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