January 27, 2013

OAT Ancient Kingdoms: Culinary Adventures

You can still enjoy fine authentic French cuisine in Vietnam and Laos along with plenty of tasty traditional Asian meals - but some culinary experiences are just more memorable than others!
After a LONG flight from Houston to Bangkok, a few hours sleep, back to the airport and onto Yangon (Rangoon) Myanmar (Burma), our guide checked us in and then excitedly hurried us to our first adventure - a street fair!  First stop was at the quail egg vendor and we sampled a few at our guides urging.  Next we tried a huge dosa.  Then Teresa and I looked at each other and said "What are we doing?  We NEVER eat street food in a developing country and shouldn't start in a country that only recently opened its doors to tourism and certainly not on the first day of a grueling three-week tour through five countries."  We waited anxiously for the "skitters" (my new vocabulary word from John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath") or worse but miraculously we were fine!
Little did we know a little street food was just a warm up.  In American bars, we eat peanuts but in Vientiane Laos, they prefer the savory crunch of beetles and crickets.  
Those who live on the Mekong River find comfort in a steaming bowl of snake broth with vegetables.

  And the final "pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance "  -- TARANTULAS!!
 Or Maybe NOT

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