Category: Travel

Eating and drinking abroad and at home. Sometimes I get sick too.

Cambodia, Travel

Tasty snacks at the “rest stop”

Deep fried and served out by the recycled condensed milk tin on the road-side, who can resist these tasy crickets and beetles? Well, about 30 people judging by our bus load of mainly locals. There was one chap though who tucked into a big bag of beetles, the secret being that you flick off the hard unedible wings before popping the bodies into your mouth. I’m afraid I was a wimp having poisoned myself two days earlier and was drawn […]

Cambodia, Travel

The boat to Battambang

You’ll want food for the eight hour trip to Battambang, the most beautiful boat trip in Cambodia. Plenty of locals will hassle you to buy French sticks bananas and water. The tiny bananas are delicious. But whatever you don’t don’t sit on the roof unless you want a very pink sore evening.

Cooking, Laos, Weekend Herb Blogging

Tuned down green papaya salad for tourists

Jak prepares green papaya salad  Usually my blog posts are from the opposite season from most other people. That’s because most of the time I live in the southern hemisphere. For this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging, hosted by Scott at Real Epicurean, Jak and I in the northern hemisphere at the Three Elephants Cooking School in Luang Prabang Laos. Unusually, we are cooperating with each other in the kitchen in what is the only food we have prepared for the […]

Laos, Travel

Water rat season

I think it may be water rat season in Phonsvanh in Laos. There are also voles, flying squirrels and deer in the market. In five minutes though the whole lot is sold. Only a single haunch and head of deer is left. What really catch my eye are the beuatiful game birds. It’s a shame you just can’t get this stuff to eat in restaurants or at street BBQs.

curry, Laos, Travel

The best chicken tikka known to humanity

As most of us know, curry is an English invention, Indian food being spicy but very different and regional in its styles. Chicken Tikka Massala, the national dish of England now, is apparently a Scottish invention. If you are lucky the chicken tikka element is made in a tandoor oven and the sauce is defrosted as the dish tastes okay. At Nisha on the main drag at Phgonsavanh, the sauce also seems to be prepared freshly. Cream doesn’t drown out […]

Laos, Travel

Whoops! Somebody left some UXO in the dining room

Actually, I hope this ordinance has been decommisioned. We’re at Phonsavanh, near the Plain of Jars. If you are familiar with the Vietnam War you will know that more bombs were dropped in this area than just about anywhere else on earth in a secret war wage by the CIA. Unexploded ordinance is still a massive problem and people are killed weekly. More to come soon…

Laos, Travel

Shelter for suburban Buddhists

There’s nothing quite like a beer at sunset next to the Meekong whereever you are along its length. Tonight we are in Luang Prabang enjoying the Carlsberg-owned Beer Laos. If you ever wanted to visit Asia and been a bit to scared then this is the place to be. Or perhaps you are an inner-city Buddhist who has been looking to find yourself but only found a granny running meditation sessions in the suburbs. Luang Prabang is a very laid […]

Cambodia, Travel

The ultimate fast breakfast – in biodegradable packaging

Take one thich segment of bamboo. Add rice, beans and coconut milk. Stuff the top with rice hay and place in embers until cooked. When cool, peel away the bamboo on one side. Remove the plug of hay and pick out the rice and beans with your fingers. These are available all along the roadside. Simple and delicious. I was probably ripped off but still it cost only about 30 cents. PS: Click on the photos tag above or on […]