To be eaten

Grilled fish, last bag of sticky rice; Vientiane, Laos.

Vegetable sandwiches; Nong Khai train station, Thailand.

Rice with vegetables; train station restaurant, Bangkok.

Our first Pad Thai, street stall, Prachuap Kiri Khan.

Our first yellow curry, rice, salad; Ko Tao island.

Long live the fruit shake! Watermelonshake, carrot juice; Ko Tao.

Snorkeling lunch box: rice, fried egg, curry; boat around Ko Tao.

Best Thai food ever! – Seafood salad, Pad Thai, rice, …; Ko Tao.

Escaped the tourist island, finally back to Thailand: Sweet sticky rice, joghurt, fried things; breakfast booth, Surat Thani bus station.

Orange curry, seafood salad; street restaurant, Trang.

Heavenly fish in lemon sauce, sticky rice (!!); Pakmeng beach restaurant.

Fried rice with crab; seafood restaurant Hat Yao.

Banana pancakes, Nescafé; our home restaurant, Hat Yao.


Sweet sticky rice with coconut; street vendor, Luang Prabang.

Mekong fish with sticky rice; food stall, Luang Prabang.

Sweet sticky rice cooked in bamboo; bus to Phonsavan.

Fried veggies on rice (Latna phak), Yam salad; Simmaly restaurant, Phonsavan.

Vegetable sandwiches (to be continued in endless variations); our terrace, Phonsavan.

BBQ & grilled fish to welcome back Mr. Njai; Jars Café, Phonsavan.

Boiled dark corn (no, it’s not rotten); day market, Phonsavan.

Strange little glibbery pancakes; Phonsavan fresh market.

Our traditional weekend pancake breakfast; our terrace, Phonsavan.

Home-made pizza (before being drowned in ketchup); Jars Café, Phonsavan.

Noodle soup; Simmaly, Phonsavan.

Hmong Wedding feast (I had the rice); village out of Phonsavan.

Lao Wedding feast; the couple’s backyard, Phonsavan.

Papayasalad with sticky rice; street restaurant, Vientiane.

Rice with omelett; street restaurant, Nong Khai, Thailand (to renew my visa).

I stopped taking food pictures as soon as it became clear it would go on like this for the next few months (sandwiches, noodle soup, rice with veggies, sandwiches, noodle soup, rice with veggies, …) The photos are really about the places and memories that are different from the everyday – which was in Phonsavan for five rather unexpected months, except for some small escapades to Sayabouly, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane. Delicious!

Green papayasalad, homemade in the Jars’ kitchen;

Sticky rice: so sticky that you can form small balls with your hands and dip it in your food.

Papayasalad with sticky rice in a restaurant in Vientiane (the rice is always served in a special bamboo container). Hmm.

Pho: Huge bowls of noodle soup. This one is the best in town, close to the Tourism Office.

It’s been some time since I last posted food pictures. Well, there is several reasons – since I am currently residing at the same place and working instead of traveling, I stopped taking pictures of all I was about to eat because it started to be sort of boring (same backgrounds – terrace table, dining room table, and the three to four restaurants where we usually eat; oh, and same food – sandwiches, noodle soup, fried rice, fried rice, noodle soup, sandwiches, …).

Anyways, I would like to loose some words on Lao food (and ONE post I will allow myself of all the food pics in Laos BEFORE I stopped taking them! 😛 Coming soon, needs some sorting time…). Khoi mak ahan Lao! (meaning: I like Lao food!). It might be a little repetitive, but the ingredients are always fresh and healthy, consisting of lots of fresh herbs, vegetables, (meat I guess, but not for mehee!) and sticky rice (my new love, so good!).

There are a few dishes that are very typical for Laos – Pho (noodle soup), Khao niao (sticky rice), and Tam mak hoong (papaya salad). Pho is always served in a huge bowl filled with hot broth, in which a nest of rice noodles and vegetables are floating. Fresh salad and herbs, green beans, lemon, chili and sometimes even peanut paste are served seperately and can be added as wished. It is actually a Vietnamese dish, but there is no lunch in Laos without it.



Baozi, peaches, bananas; Mountain Qingcheng, Dujiangyan.

Home-made noodles, veggies; street restaurant, Chengdu.

Omelette filled with stuff; bus to Xicheng.

Glutenuous rice ball with bean filling and sesame cover, my love!; hotel room in Yanyuan.

Veggies with salty soup, fried beans; street restaurant, Yanyuan.

Chinese breakfast; Yanyuan.

Chinese breakfast; in our hostel, Lugu Hu.

Veggies and rice noodles with salty soup, fried beans; by Lugu Hu.

Eggplant and pepper plate, rice (could pick the veggies myself in the kitchen due to communication problems!); Lige, Lugu Hu.

Icecream; Luoshui, Lugu Hu.

Corn on the cob; on the road to Lijiang.

Naxi sandwich (bread! filled with goat cheese, tomato, fried potatoes); village by Lijiang.

Noodles with tofu; restaurant in Lijiang.

Tofu looking for veggies, rice; hostel in Lijiang.

Almost last meal in China (last one was a shared huge table with 8 different dishes, Valentina, and several international Chinese language students! Yam, best meal and last one, but not batteries!); Kunming.

Ever wondered what the Chinese eat for breakfast? As they don’t really use ovens, mostly all is fried, steamed, cooked or eaten raw. The same counts for the bread products, which basically is made up of steamed buns called mantou or baozi, which are steamed wheat buns filled with either meat, vegetables or tofu, sometimes also with a sweet unidentifiable paste. For breakfast, it’s either noodles, rice porridge, fried bread sticks or the above mentioned steamed buns with a small dish of salad. Breakfast tends to be rather tasteless compared to the other meals and is usually enhanced with some spoons of the suspicious MSG. Delicious anyway!

Instant noodles, plastic tofu; Beijing train station.

Home-made moon cake; streets of Pingyao.

Tofu soup, cucumber spicy salad, rice; lonely dinner in Pingyao.

Fried tofu, fried eggplant, fried potatoes and beef (for Craig!); Pingyao.

Street snack with cabbage; Pingyao street.

Vegetable noodles; Xian Muslim quarter.

Cold noodles with sesame sauce; Xian Muslim quarter (same place, good stuff!).

Sweet sticky rice snack; Xian Muslim quarter.

Another moon cake; again the Muslim quarter!

The usual tomato and egg suspects! with rice; Xian street restaurant.

Fried rice with eggs; Erlian bus station

Moon cake, sweet filled rice dumplings; Beijing

French pastries, water, orange juice; at Remi’s place in Beijing

Scrambled eggs with tomatoes (staple food for the next 3 weeks), veggies, tea: Remi’s favourite canteen, Beijing

French pastries, market fruits; at Remi’s

Hotpot (raw ingredients thrown into boiling broth); shopping centre in Beijing

Rice with mushrooms, soup, salad; fast food chain, Pearl Market, Beijing

Usual suspects, but with noodles!; by the Great Wall

Veggies with sesame sauce; street restaurant, Beijing

Goodbye dinner: Squirrel-shaped fish!!!; Remi’s canteen