Eating on another boat
One night on this junk boat moored in Halong Bay was not enough. We lived like kings and queens. It was paradise. ^ On board caipirinha. A little on the sour side.. ^ Lunch. ^ Lovely prawns. ^ Beef I think.. or was it pork? ^ Fish cakey thing. ^ Springrolls. ^ Squid! ^ Soup for dins. ^ More prawns.. and crab! ^ More fish cakes.. pretty decorations! ^ LOVED this...
Eating in Hanoi, Vietnam
^ Roll-your-own fresh spring rolls. ^ Lemongrass beef. It don’t look so appetising, but Aubergine Cafe’s food and service was excellent. Recommended! ^ Chilli-chocolate gelato from Fanny’s. SO GOOD.. This was the start of MANY a visit to Fanny’s in Vietnam and Cambodia. ^ Banh mi was surprisingly difficult to find where we went in Vietnam. ^ Beefsteak and...
Eating in Vientiane, Laos
Would’ve liked to have spent more time here. We had dinner at the seriously good Makphet. Think Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, but in Laos. I absolutely love, love, love the idea of kids getting off the streets and learning skills to make a living in the restaurant industry. Very impressive food. ^ Super mushroomy jeow hed feuang (grilled straw mushroom and shallot dip). ^ Awh larm...
Eating in Vang Vieng, Laos
^ Delish tomato soup. Vang Vieng is sadly, not somewhere you’d go to experience typical Laotian culture. It’s basically overrun by tourists. Some nice food, but nothing interesting. I stuck mainly to western/westernised food. ^ Pho real. ^ Rice cakes drying. ^ French toast. I make it better though… ^ My custom-made breakfast from the lovely family-run restaurant...
Eating in Luang Prabang, Laos (Day 4)
^ Best way to start the day. Thongbay Resort clearly does local breakfasts a lot better than western ones. Here’s a bowl of chicken congee. White pepper, fried onions, spring onions, chilli and lime. Perfect.
Eating in Luang Prabang, Laos (Day 3)
^ Thongbay Resort “cheese” and eggs. I was very much missing being able to cook around about this stage… ^ Morning market eating: little fried rice discs for breakfast. ^ Pretty stinky padaek fermented fish paste. This lady must have nostrils of steel. ^ Cooking at Tamnak Lao cooking school. We made a wonderful Lao egg salad and crispy noodle stir fry. ^ And we also...
Eating in Luang Prabang, Laos (Day 2)
^ Thongbay Resort “banana pancakes”. Love the resort and the staff, but this was just banana wrapped in a crepe. Very underwhelming. And way too filling. ^ Mmm, pork crackling. Think this was consumed at the Kuang Si waterfalls. ^ More papaya salad. I never really got sick of the stuff. Each person makes it differently. ^ Noodley goodness. ^ Luang Prabang night markets....
Eating in Luang Prabang, Laos (Day 1)
^ A tangy tamarind drink from Tamarind Restaurant. ^ Assorted vege and chilli dips. Yum. ^ Chicken-stuffed lemongrass. Fabulous. ^ Or padaek (pork stew with fermented fish). Pungent and yum. ^ Stir-fried frog.
Eating in Pakbeng, Laos
^ Maybe my palate isn’t sophisticated enough, but to me, all southeast Asian beers kinda taste the same. ^ Slightly gamey buffalo laab. Beautiful herby flavours though. You could hear the chef rapidly mincing the beef with multiple knives out back. ^ Amazing caramelised banana pancakes from Sivongsack Guesthouse.