After visiting the market and the town of Otavalo, I headed back to the bus station, which isn’t really a station at all. It’s a large parking lot with a variety of stalls on the perimeters. These stalls house local vendors who sell a variety of foods and items that would be found in a convenience store. I was interested in the food. I looked around until I found something that looked appetizing. I settled on a little plastic bag filled with french fries on the bottom and covered with what I thought was coleslaw on top. The lady at the stall covered the fries and slaw with a couple of “special sauces” and I had lunch in less than a minute for 50 cents. How great was that?.
In my opinion, this was the best thing about the night market in Luang Prabang. Forget the cheesy souvenirs. Forget the t-shirts. Forget the elephant slippers and the jewelry. Right here is what’s happening at the night market. Food, and lots of it. Fresh food and, boy, did it look yummy. I didn’t have time to eat of a lot of it, but what I did try was great.
Any time you start thinking that airplane food, like the food pictured here, tastes really good it only means one thing – you were really, really hungry. Was this food good? It was.
I know the sign says "Children Food" but it’s really a candy store. I’ve seen the candy stores that are in every neighborhood throughout Beijing and Shanghai . They remind me of the candy stores that can be found at the malls in America. They have bins and bins and bins of candy, all of it overpriced. But, where else will you find such an assortment of great wonderful sweet things to eat?
I call it No Way Food because there’s no way I’m going to eat any of this stuff. Some of the delicacies you see here are fried silkworms, fried crickets, fried scorpions and fried snails. There were other wonderful treats as well such as fried snake, frog, lizard and an assortment of testicles of various animals you could sample. There was a point when I simply stopped asking what it was because I wasn’t sure I wanted to know. These lovely items were to be found at some of the 100 stalls at the Night Market.
This is a picture of the food at the night market. You can also see some of the chefs who prepare the food.
They’re Flying J hot wings. Flying J is a truck stop with lots of places to stop across America. They have really yummy hot wings. They have delicious egg rolls. They have good salads. They have good fuel and, sometimes, quite large parking areas. They also have a place where I can dump the toilet that I carry in my truck. That’s important. Significance? Road Food.
I was having my usual, some form of curry, at lunch and I decided to add a new wrinkle to my lunch – fish. It was something I usually didn’t eat. But, I thought, why not try it? So, I did. To be truthful, there wasn’t much fish there. What there was, was tasty. And, you can’t get much fresher than the fish in the picture. It was probably harvested the day before. Foods in SE Asia are much, much fresher than in the United States.
This was my lunch at the Kuala Lumpur Central Market Food Court. I ate there reguarly. There were ten or so restaurants that offered all kinds of wonderful non-western dishes. No pizza, fried chicken or burgers. No beer. Just good old noodles and veggies and strange looking concoctions that smelled funny and tasted yummy, yummy, yummy. This was white rice and chicken curry, sans the chicken. It cost me 1 ringot, about 30 cents. Was it good? It was yummy, yummy, yummy. I almost wanted to give the guy 2 ringots for it, it was so good.
I took this picture because I thought his cart was really neat. It was something of a contraption, but I saw in it a thing of simplistic beauty. Did I buy some food from him? You’re kidding, right?