What I ate in South East Asia; The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

THE GOOD

I never felt healthier than while traveling through Indochina. Every meal was colorful, fresh, and delicious. I sampled every local deliciously and tried many dishes I would have never picked in the states. My favorite temptation throughout South East Asia were freshly juiced drinks. I had one at every meal. I tried watermelon juice in every country and for most breakfasts. The best was at a tiny cafe in Luang Prabang, Laos.

JUICES

THE BAD

Personally some of the worst foods I ate were fish dishes. However many of my tour mates loved these meals. I do not like fish. I did try everything. But I did not enjoy any of them. Plus the way fish was presented (with its eyes and scales) was not appetizing.

THE UGLY

In Indochina you have to try the weird stuff. Sometimes you just need to close your eyes and eat. I sampled a couple of weird delicacies that turned out not bad! I tried several different fried bugs in Thailand. They were crunchy and had weird textures, but for the most part tasted like popcorn. I also sampled rat in Laos. Honestly if I didn’t know it was rat I would have just that it was BBQ beef skewers. Snake whiskey was the weirdest thing I tried that I actually enjoyed! I did a shot once in Laos and again in Vietnam. It tastes like tequila.

FOOD PORN PHOTOS

RECOMMENDATIONS

You have to take a cooking class in Thailand. I learned tricks that I implement today at home. The class took me through the Asia markets. It taught me how to shop for ripe vegetables, eggs and the perfect meats. I learned how to make Pad Thai, Pumpkin Curry and Sticky Rice. I absolutely loved learning to cook in Chiang Mai.

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Paying alms and Water Falls

Up before the sunrise to give alms to the local monks. We handed rice to some of the hundreds of Monks living in Luang Prabang. It was a very humbling and spiritual experience. Buddhist Monks can not hoard food, so what ever they need to survive they must be given. They rely on patroons to give them their meals each day. I loved seeing the procession of monks in their orange robes. It was truly unforgettable and well worth the early wake up.

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Then a couple of my mates and I went to brunch. I had the most amazing lemonade with mint leaves. It was so refreshing and sweet. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to recreate it.

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Once the rest of our group woke up we were able to head to Kuang Si Falls. We hiked through the jungle and past some gorgeous sun bears (in captivity) to the beautiful water falls. Screen Shot 2014-12-26 at 2.09.00 PM

The water was my favorite color teal. It was clean, cool and refreshing. There were tons of little fish that would try to feed on your feet which I didn’t like. But other than that it was magical.

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Later in the afternoon we had free time. So Becky and I explored the dense markets of Luang Prabang. We did a lot of shopping and had the BEST sandwich from a street vendor. It was ham, cheese, avocado and more on fresh french bread. Seriously heavenly.