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Lao markets – it’s not all raw meat….

(ELTW is a finalist in the “Best New Blog” category at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Awards. Click here to vote for me!)


After yesterday’s post which was much more docile than the one with all the gross things, here’s the final round of shots from our visits to markets in Laos, both in Luang Prabang and Don Khong.

All sorts of spices and rices:



More beautiful fruit and vegetables:



I was surprised to find shallots (and cook with them!) in Laos – they always seemed to be more of a European ingredient.



Baby aubergines were everywhere in Laos too – again, not what you would think of as a typical Asian ingredient! The ones above can be eaten raw and are served on the side of many dishes as a garnish meant to be eaten.



This is a spice I cannot remember the name of for the life of me but you grate it like nutmeg into your cooking. For our “Culinary Laap of Laos” we used crushed black peppercorns instead, as instructed by Joy at Tamarind restaurant.



(aren’t these gorgeous?)

And you know, just the staples – bread:


and eggs:


An no, these are not early Easter eggs – the colours refer to the age of the yolk (chick!) so people can choose their eggs based on age.

and canned goods:


So that wraps up my coverage of the Lao food markets – you are lucky as I think I have about 400 photos just from markets alone and I have tried hard to be selective! I hope you enjoy them and they take a little bit of the grey out of your day! There are more Laos posts (some of them are even not food related!) to come though, so stick around!

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12 Responses to Lao markets – it’s not all raw meat….

  1. Divina Pe October 10, 2009 at 13:48 #

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip in Laos. I really enjoyed it. Love visiting other country's market.

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes October 10, 2009 at 13:48 #

    Congratulations on the nomination! Your blog is great!

    Awesome pictures! I can imagine being there…

  3. Simply Life October 10, 2009 at 13:50 #

    Wow, I love the pictures of all the spices! I hope you keep these pictures to frame!

  4. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 10, 2009 at 14:17 #

    You are right, those mushrooms ARE gorgeous!

    That spice also looks quite interesting, and certainly reminds me of nutmeg. I'm of absolutely no use in its name though… black nutpercorn? peppermeg?

  5. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 10, 2009 at 15:21 #

    Divina – you're welcome. And more posts to come!

    Andrea – thanks!

    Simply Life – if only we had room on our walls!

    Conor – LOL at the name suggestions – when I am home again on Monday I will look it up in my notes…

  6. the traditional gourmand October 10, 2009 at 20:43 #

    These are fabulous! I love the chillies and the eggs. Excited to see more :)

  7. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 11, 2009 at 12:44 #

    Traditional – thanks! You can do a search for other Laos posts too!

  8. Amanda October 12, 2009 at 03:15 #

    Yes, those eggs are amazing looking. I've always wanted chicken of my own.

    Lovely photos!

  9. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 12, 2009 at 21:07 #

    Amanda – thanks!

  10. Table Talk October 13, 2009 at 00:42 #

    Beautiful pictures—cool eggs!

  11. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 13, 2009 at 00:43 #

    Thanks Table Talk – yes, the eggs really are lovely!

  12. The Best Family October 19, 2009 at 23:01 #

    the different shades of rice look very interesting!

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