Sai ua sausage
A plate of grilled sai ua
Place of originLaos
Region or stateSoutheast Asia
specifically Northern Thailand, Northeastern Burma, and Laos
Associated cuisineMyanmar, Lao and Thailand
Main ingredientsPork, red curry paste

Sai ua (Thai: ไส้อั่ว, Lao: ໄສ້ອົ່ວ, pronounced [sâj ʔùa]) is a grilled pork sausage from northern Thailand, northeastern Myanmar and northern Laos. In Thailand, it is also known as northern Thai sausage or Chiang Mai sausage that is a standard food of the northern provinces[1] and has become very popular in the rest of Thailand as well.[2] Its name in Thai and Lao comes from sai (intestine) and from ua (to stuff).[3] In Shan State, Myanmar, this sausage is known as sai long phik.[4] In Laos, sai ua is an ancient word for a Lao sausage type that originated from Luang Prabang, an ancient royal capital located in the northern part of the country.[5] Sai ua was listed in a collection of favorite dishes for the former Lao royal family written by Phia Sing (1898-1967), the king's personal chef and master of ceremonies[6] and today is one of several popular traditional Lao dishes.[7]

Sai ua contains minced pork meat, herbs, spices, and kaeng khua red curry paste.[8] It is usually eaten grilled with sticky rice and other dishes or served as a snack or starter. Traditionally sai ua was a homemade sausage, but today it is readily available in shops.[9]

See also


  1. ^ The Tempting Foods of Chiang Rai Archived October 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Thailand- Northern shared dishes
  3. ^ Sai Ua
  4. ^ Food in Thailand and elsewhere
  5. ^ Massie, Victor-Alphonse (1894). Dictionnaire français-laotien: Mission Pavie, exploration de l' indochine (Latin characters). p. 108.
  6. ^ "Lao Recipes". Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2023.
  7. ^ "15 of the Best Authentic Laos Food You Want to Enjoy in Luang Prabang". March 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Chiang Mai University, Lanna food: sai ua recipe
  9. ^ Thai Northern Sausage (Sai-Ua)