The Best Bites at Olay’s Thai-Lao Cuisine

(Sponsored) The home base for the 2022 Hale ‘Aina Restaurateurs of the Year is a hidden paradise that serves up the best Lao and Thai food in Honolulu.



Chances are you’ve seen Olay’s tents and trucks at various farmers markets and street food rallies, but head to the Chinatown headquarters and you’re in for a treat. There are more than 80 dishes on the menu, served with an unrivaled backdrop of a shaded courtyard patio decked out with lanterns and neon signs. Restaurateurs Olay Somsanith and daughter Macy Khounkeo dedicate 20 of those dishes to their Laotian heritage in the form of street food and homestyle dishes.


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In this episode of Best Bites, we discover what Olay’s has to offer from the overlooked cuisine of Laos. Street foods from seen haang, beef jerky, to sai oua pork sausages on the tum tahd salad platter, to a whole fried fish, crisped in hot oil and dressed with a tangy cilantro-lime curry sauce. Everything is meant to be shared, so bring all your friends and order up.


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