Cuisine of the Capital

Trip Start Oct 30, 2012
Trip End May 30, 2013

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Khouèng Viangchan,
Saturday, December 8, 2012

After our night bus arrived in Vientiane around 7 am, all I could think about was getting a nice coffee! Thanks to the French, we've been enjoying baguettes all through Cambodia. Now, we have the Bolvean Plateau they planted with coffee. So cappuccino, éclairs and croissants
were on the menu for this morning!

Vientiane is a bit of a gastronomic paradise. Well, Laos is shaping up that way for me as well. I've yet to try ant egg soup, but everything else has been wonderful! Although we've enjoyed everything so far and even found wonderful food in the little villages, a wealthy capital city like
this you can find anything.  Sushi?  Indian?  Pizza?

So far we've sampled soups, laaps, sticky rice, various things steamed in banana leaves. But it's the smells of grilling meats every where you go that makes your mouth water! Anything from chicken's feet to tongue to ribs to sausages to flattened ducks is on some street corner or

Steamed buns remind us of when we were in China as well as sugar cane. Fruit with chilli seasoning is still plentiful as are coconuts. We found someone who had a type of coconut puree that was poured into cupshapes on the grill and then filled with pork, sprouts and mushrooms topped with a spicy sauce. Amazing! With everything being cooked right in front of you I'm eating before the food has cooled and burning my mouth.  As I've been enjoying the sticky rice, I found a woman who battered it and grilled it on a stick with chilli sauce!

The city has a big night food market so we went to take a look at all that was being prepared. Nothing too shocking, but everything we sampled tasted wonderful. Topped off with a real ice-cream cone (dairy, in Laos?).  The only thing needed was a big glass of Lao Lao, but I think I'll leave that for Brian

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fay on

so interesting and beautiful....giggled at the 'nothing too shocking'. (in that department, I think I would be easily shocked)

2totango on

haha! my breakfast i bought on the bus this morning from a lady walking up and down the isle with her wares. i chose some sticky rice and what i thought was a little baggie of seasoned chicken. upon closer inspection, i think it was a bag of bug bits. very crunchy and seasoned, i'm sure i saw leg and body bits! oh well, Brian ate a scorpion the other day (photos to come) so i was long overdue :D

'satisfied the hunger gap', so to say!

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