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!
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.
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.
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!