Nope, it’s just some of the more “interesting” aisles (at least to my Western eyes) of the morning market in Luang Prabang, Laos. Our day at the Tamarind Restaurant Riverside cooking class began with a trip to the market and for your viewing pleasure today, I present you with pictures that I took even though I could sometimes barely look…. Yep, it’s called taking one for the blog…
Also, towards the end of the trip, we took a walk out to the morning market in Don Khong where we were the only Western people. More local delicacies awaited us there:
Ok, 6am is a little too early to be looking at what looks like green milk with fluorescent bits floating in it. In fact, it’s actually some sort of tapioca based drink – very popular in Laos. Here it is being made:
I have to say that whilst some of the foods available might not appeal to my Western palate, I do admire a people that in this day and age of consumerism and wasteful practices, manages to use every part of the animals they eat. In a country so poor, one cannot afford to waste anything edible.
And whilst I might not have tasted some of the more exotic ingredients or foods on offer when I was there, I will reiterate how impressed we were with both the selection and quality of fresh foods available. For a non-”foodie” destination, we had some pretty gourmet eating experiences but I am glad we also got to see markets that many tourists do not visit because really, how better to get to know a country than to go shopping with its people?