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Tibetan Street Food — Laping Recipe and Video

Tibetan Street Food — Laping Recipe

This cool and spicy dish, especially refreshing in summer, comes to us from the kitchen of our dear friend and excellent cook, Dolkar. A cold jelly noodle dish — originally called liang fen in Sichuan cuisine — laping would not traditionally be made at home. Most people in Lhasa, for example, would buy it from little stalls on the street. Tibetans outside Tibet do make this at home, as there are no laping stalls on most of our city streets!

For 6-8 people

Note: The laping requires at least 4-5 hours to set, and can be prepared the night before and left to set overnight.


Ingredients for the Laping

  • 1 cup of potato or mung-bean starch (For the images here we used potato starch, but we’ve also made it with mung bean starch, and those noodles turn out much stiffer, which you may like, as a matter of personal taste. Mung-bean starch can be found in Korean stores and some other Asian markets.)
  • 5 cups of water

Ingredients for the Sauce

  • 7 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk green onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup crushed dried red pepper (We bought this at an Asian store. If you can’t find this, you can cut up dried red pepper, or use chili powder, or a bit of chili sauce. )

Preparing the Clear Noodles

Before heating, stir the starch and water together until you get an even texture.

Heat the mixture on stove top to medium, stirring frequently, for 8-9 minutes, or until the mixture is so thick you can barely stir it. If the mixture is boiling before it thickens, turn down the heat until it stops boiling. When done the texture will be very thick, almost like jello, but it still needs to set.

Transfer the cooked mixture into a clean bowl and let it sit overnight at room temperature. In order to shorten the time for cooling, it can also be placed in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.

After the laping has set, remove it from the bowl. It should stand up by itself, like a very firm jello.

In Tibet, people grate the laping with a very large grater, but our grater was too small and didn’t really work, so we did what many Tibetans do, and just cut the laping with a large knife into long strips.

Prepare the Sauce and Combine with Noodles

  • Mince 7 cloves of garlic
  • Chop 1 stalk green onion
  • Chop ¼ cup cilantro
  • Combine garlic, onion and cilantro with 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar, ¼ cup sesame oil, ¼ cup soy sauce, and ¼ cup crushed dried red pepper in a small bowl and stir well. This amount of pepper makes it VERY spicy. If you’re not accustomed to spicy food, just add the pepper in very small increments until you hit the right amount for you.)
  • Drizzle the sauce over the laping, then mix gently with a spatula or other flat utensil until the laping is well-coated with the sauce.

Serve as a side dish with any meat or veggie entree, or as a tasty snack on its own.


  • Strips of cucumber make a fresh, crunchy addition.
  • Some readers have reported success also with using corn starch and potato starch if you don’t have mung bean starch.

Video on how to make Yellow Laping

People have been asking us for years for a yellow laping recipe, and finally we found one! Yay!!!


28 responses to “Tibetan Street Food — Laping Recipe and Video”

  1. Hey laphing sheet can be shorted in refrigerated??

  2. Methok Avatar

    Wow very nice… yummy


    Hello la
    I am from bhutan and i like laphing so much. I tried making it..but my yellow lapping cover breaks out every time. Can you please help me out with this issue la. I shall remain greatful forever for your help.

  4. […] The dough is rolled and cut in circles. Plenty of eateries around Boudha and Tibetan camps serve laphing. You can get two types of laphing; plain laphing and soup laphing. Laphing will set your tastebuds […]

  5. tenzin nyima Avatar
    tenzin nyima

    Hi , here i found a complete video tutorial on how to make yellow laphing or laping.
    It teaches us how to make yellow laphing from scratch and also the laphing sauce.

    So hope all laphing lovers will like it. The youtube link is: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eFdF05dTjU&t=1s

  6. Dickey dol Avatar
    Dickey dol

    Hi ,

    Thank you for the Tibetan food Recipe and I always liked your cooking.

    Here I have made a video on making yellow laping or yellow laphing.
    So hope you will like it. My youtube video link is here.


  7. Renee Nate Avatar
    Renee Nate

    Thanks yowangdu and Dolkar. What a great recipe. Love Tibetan people and food! Finding potato or mung bean starch was a challenge for me and just found this video on how-to starch- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY9sMVLg2rg (Laping from Scratch: Potatoes to Potato Starch & Laping) Hope you like it.

    1. This is great, thanks so much Renee!

  8. what can i do when my laphing got too goofy..is there a way to fix it?

    1. Do you mean gooey? If so, sorry, we don’t really know except to try again. Sorry about that. Better luck on the next one. What did you use for ingredients?

  9. Thank you for posting this! We just came back from kathmandu and the one thing that i ate everyday there was laphing. It is too addictive. After coming back to the states I found your laphing recipe. Just made it with the kids but doubled the recipe and it came out well. Now we have to wait for it to set.

    Hope all goes well and i can finally satisfy my laphing craving.


  10. Plzzz help me how to makes yellow lashing

    1. We’re trying so hard but rely on those who know how to make it. A new friend has agreed to make the post, and hopefully we’ll get it soon 🙂

    2. Hi Reshma,
      I learnt from a friend that you can use mung bean flour for the yellow laphing. In the initial mixing you need to add turmeric thats all. The steps are pretty much the same 🙂

      1. Thanks for this tip, Tenzin. We are so curious to know how this turns out. Please let us know!

  11. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It use to be one of my favorite snacks in Mussoorie, India which was sold by street vendor. I plan to make mine spicy! =)

    1. Great! let us know how how it goes for you.

  12. Bimala Chapagain Avatar
    Bimala Chapagain

    Hi can we use normal vegetable oil instead of sesame oil?

    1. Yes, you can, but the sesame oil tastes quite different, and we think, better.

  13. Actually someone already requested earlier but still I just want
    ask again, can you please help us to get the simple recipe for
    yellow laping? Will be looking forward to hear from you.

    1. Many people have asked for this 🙂 It may take a while but we will do our best!

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  16. Tenzin Sangmo Avatar
    Tenzin Sangmo

    Tashi Delek – I have been attempting to make yellow and white laphing numerous times these past few days. Unfortunately, my culinary skills seem to have a mind of it’s own. Though white laphing is relatively easier to make and I use corn flour, it did not quite set right. I have tried again and have one sitting to cool right now!

    Yellow laphing has been a challenge – i have found the recipe on someone’s blog but I keep stuffing it up.


    Would it be possible for you to have a go at this – I have noticed it to be a big hit and many requests on your You Tube channel as well 🙂


    Tenzin Sangmo (New Zealand)

  17. How to make yellow laping..plz upload how to make yellow laping coz i love yellow laping rather than white laping

    1. Hi Tsodon,
      Thanks for writing. We are sorry that we aren’t familiar with yellow laping so don’t have a recipe. However, we are asking some friends and will see if we can come up with something. All the best!

  18. I tried laping myself and i really liked it! Actually i didn’t just like it, I loved it! =D And I thought it would be a very good dinner food at my 13th brthday party and guess what, IT WAS A HIT!!!!!! all of my friends loved it! They even requested it for my next birthday party! =D………………….Many thanks!

    Auriik Habronni

    1. Auriik, thank you so much for writing! This made our day 🙂 We are so happy that you and your friends love the laping. We love it too 🙂 Happy late birthday to you! How clever of you to be so young and already trying exotic dishes 🙂

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