The Laotian name for the dish is ປິງໄກ່ ([pîŋ ɡaj]) and means "roast chicken". In Laotian restaurants in the West, it is known as "Laotian barbecued chicken" or "ping gai". The Thai and Isan term is usually spelled ไก่ย่าง (kai yang; Isan: [kàj ɲâːŋ]), although ปิ้งไก่ (ping kai), a Thai letter rendering of the Laotian name, would be understood in Isan and in most of Thailand as well although to Thai ears it would sound a bit quaint, due to the slight grammatical difference between Thai and Laotian. Thais would put kai beforeping rather than the other way round. In the West, where this dish often features on the menu of Thai restaurants, it is either known by its Thai name "kai yang" or as "Thai barbecued chicken".