When we were in Laos we saw all sorts of interesting snack foods and nothing like what you see people munching on in the street back at home.
These intrigued me:
They’re actually lotus flower pods and you break them apart to eat the pea/edamame tasting interior beans (seeds?):
Lots of snack food is served on sticks:
Lao-style donuts, all soft and gooey on the inside:
Some are less appetising (at least for my Western palate!):
This is chicken, apparently.
This is deep fried buffalo skin – quite a common snack in Laos.
On the ferry to and from Champasak, we saw these ladies:
and up close:
Yup. Crickets! These were much more gruesome looking than the deep-fried insects at Khop Chai Deu in Vientiane.
Many snacks revolve around rice, obviously:
Sticky rice in banana leaves
Sticky rice and mashed banana in banana leaves, served by the most charming hostess ever, Noy:
Perhaps the most ingenious snack food we saw was also being served on the ferry – makeshift takeaway noodle stands:
First, you take a small plastic bag and you fill it with broth:
Then you take another bag and start adding the other ingredients:
The greens – bean shoots and vegetables.
and the noodles:
And voilà – dinner is made!
A snack that was not so exotic but just perfect for the time and place was this:
Jasmine tea and banana. Served to me on a chaise longue after a 90 minute coconut body scrub and coconut oil hair treatment at the Champasak Spa (all for $12!!! – highly recommend it!). I was so happy right at that moment:
Obviously! (excuse the bad hair – it was still having its treatment…)
Check out tomorrow’s post for a special step by step guide to one of the yummier Lao snacks (no, it’s not the crickets!!!)