On our recent trip to Laos, we were not expecting to be blown away by the food but were very pleasantly surprised at not only the variety of food we encountered but also the freshness and quality. And all very do-able in a Western kitchen, as you can see from our Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 dinner!
One aspect of the food that left something to be desired was the breakfast. Since it’s not on most people’s list of countries to visit when they do the “circuit” in Asia, it’s far less touristy than, say Thailand or Vietnam. I guess as a consequence, the Lao people tend to be super friendly and eager to please the relatively few tourists who visit their country and one of the ways in which they try is by offering what they call an “American breakfast”.
Why they feel they need to offer this, I don’t know. I mean, we weren’t in Laos to eat Western style food, that’s for sure. Neil was prepared to get into the swing of things when we met in Bangkok on our way to Laos by ordering some noodle soup for breakfast:
We both love the noodle soup. Heck, we even missed the noodle soup so much we had to go on the hunt for it a couple of weekends ago…
Me, I had a taste of what was to come that morning as I ordered a “continental breakfast” and received the first of many day-glo foods:
Sometimes we got lucky and there was some Asian food available in the mornings:
And of course, the fruit was always wonderful:
Dragonfruit. Not as good as in a shake, but not bad.
There always seemed to be the day-glo jam:
And then there was the “meat”:
Our plates generally tried to combine a bit of everything and we certainly took advantage of the Asian food if it was there:
I think the pièce de résistance has got to be our huge hotel dining room in Savannakhet that didn’t offer a buffet, but a fancy sounding menu of items. Words are not necessary to describe what I received:
I thankfully received a lovely baguette with this and proceeded to make an egg-white sandwich with lettuce, tomato and cucumber. The “meat” stayed behind.
Such a shame that they feel compelled to serve what they think tourists want. Because I think the majority of people who go to Laos are quite adventurous and would be open to Asian-style breakfast. Might not make for as interesting photography though!