This restaurant reveals your favourite Thai dishes are Lao

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Jeff Chanchaleune and his sister Jeslyn have worked on many restaurant concepts before opening a Lao restaurant in Oklahoma City. 

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Lao, their heritage cuisine, was different. Personalization was key. Jeff and Jeslyn grew up eating Lao foods but rarely saw their culture represented in mainstream American society or their hometown.

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Laos restaurants are less common in the U.S. than Thai and Vietnamese eateries.

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Jeff always wanted a Laotian restaurant. Knowing his food would be many locals' first taste of his native country's cuisine added pressure. 

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

"The city wasn't ready. I wasn't ready."

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

Jeff couldn't ignore the great feedback to his Japanese food after founding the food truck Kaiteki Ramen, a pop-up series dubbed Project Slurp OKC.

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

The brick-and-mortar stores Gor Ramen and Gun Izakaya with Jeslyn's support. It was time to move on. "Okay, I believe it.

A little black dress (LBD) is a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short.

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