Food Wrap Up: Laos

As far as food was concerned, we were in a bit of a weird place when we were in Laos. Laotian food is really good–but very similar to many other Southeast Asian countries, and frankly, we were tired of that type of cuisine at that point. We were feeling a little homesick, and Christmas was just around the corner–we were definitely in “it’s time to go home” mode, and our food choices in Laos reflected that. So with all of that in mind, here were some of our favorite food-things in Laos:

 Pancakes

Pancake vendor in Luang Prabang, Laos

Some might call these crepes, I just call them plain delicious! These tasty treats are not unique to Laos, but they were especially good there. My favorite is a banana-Nutella combo, or banana with condensed milk. The whole thing is fried in a patty of butter and given to you piping hot in a paper bowl, and let me tell you, there is nothing better. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of the calories we consumed while in Laos came from pancakes…

Andrea with pancake in Luang Prabang, Laos

Matt with pancake in Luang Prabang, Laos

 Joma Bakery Cafe

Working in Joma Cafe Bakery, Luang Prabang Laos

Once we found this cute, Western-style cafe…we kind of stopped looking for other places to eat. I know…I KNOW. We were bad. Here we were, in a gorgeous Southeast Asian city with some of the best food Asia has to offer, and we were chowing down on tuna melts and cappuccinos in Joma. In our defense, Joma Bakery Cafe is really tasty and the vibe is awesome–it’s very popular amongst tourists and expats in Luang Prabang. Plus, the wifi sucked at our hotel, so we came to Joma nearly everyday to write, plan the next leg of our trip and call and email our families. It certainly wasn’t time wasted, and for two homesick Americans, it was just what we needed at that moment.

Joma Cafe Bakery, Luang Prabang LaosLaotian Food

Curry in Laos

Look! We did eat some Laotian food! Not much….but we documented at least two curries, some noodles and something fried. Sorry guys…we kind of failed at being good tourists (food-wise) in Laos!

Noodles in Laos

Curry in Laos

Fried food in LaosWhat do you eat when you are traveling and feeling homesick? Do you find it helps to eat food from home, or is it better to not think of home and totally immerse yourself in the local culture?

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