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18 December 2011 / leggypeggy

A feast at the night food stalls in Laos

No shortage of choice at the Luang Prabang night food stalls.

Just off to one side of the night market in Luang Prabang, in northern Laos, runs a little street that bustles each night with hungry diners seeking a delicious, but cheap, meal at the many heavily laden food stalls. Long tables are set up on trestles and are then buried beneath platter after platter of exotic temptations—salads, vegetables, noodles, rolls, rice, meats, sausages, fish, stews, breads.

Prospective diners chose the stall they want to buy from, grab a plate and proceed to pile it high with the goodies of their choice. Drinks are extra and so are most of the protein dishes such as meat and fish. Both Poor John’s buffalo sausage and my 500-ml beer cost as much as each plate of food—just under $2.

Eating is a communal affair with diners taking a spot on the bench seats along still more long tables. You’re not supposed to linger over your meal. Traffic is heavy and places at the table are in high demand. After you eat you are expected to buzz off.

That’s okay because then you can go and shop.

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  1. Louise M Oliver / Dec 19 2011 6:38 am

    Hi Peggy,
    You’ve had a wonderfully interesting culinary adventure on this trip. And, just out of interest, did you actually do much shopping in some of these wonderfully interesting places?



    • leggypeggy / Dec 19 2011 12:09 pm

      I came home with almost no souvenirs. I already have too much stuff in my house. 🙂 But I’m fully loaded with lots of memories and photographs that I enjoy sharing here.


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