Luang Prabang Travel Blog› entry 190 of 206 › view all entries
I wasn't sure today how or when I was going to leave Luang Prabang to head south again to Si Phan Don so this morning before check out I needed to make sure what time and how much buses were. After doing several laps of the town I had warded off any further chance of disorientation, had a fabulous mint choclate milkshake at L'Etranger bookshop and cafe, booked my onward bus tickets for tomorrow, snapped some 'Wats' (temples) and had a mediocre breakfast at Cafe des Artes.
I headed back to the hotel to change with the
intention of doing all my sight-seeing that afternoon but bumped into Laura sat
outside in the garden and went to join her.
Here we stopped at the Lao Lao Garden, a
beautifully lit garden restaurant with the fairy lights and dark wooden square
tables and benches. We were attracted mainly by the Lao-style barbecue, and the
offer of 2 for 1 Lao cocktails despite the introductory prices of the brand new
opening 'The House' bar and restaurant down the road.
First a waiter arrived to
remove a square tile from the centre of our table - the 'stealth' table as it
was now dubbed. Then a giant bucket of hot coals was lowered into it, followed
by a metal convex hot plate with a moat rim and a bucket of hot watery soup. We
debated whether we were supposed to drink this as an appetiser as many Asian
soups are of the same bland, consistency but I'm glad we didn't drink it all...
When the waiter returned with a plate of raw buffalo, pork and chicken meat,
and basket of green salad, vegetables, eggs and glass noodles, he started first
with some slices of fat which he slid across the convex area of the hot plate
before laying bits of meat around the bowl. He then ladled the soup into the
moat rim of the hot plate and put the noodles and vegetables in the hot soup to
soften. He then let us get on with it! We had dipping bowls of chilli and raw
garlic, and satay sauce, Laura had a garden vegetable pasta which was
absolutely heaven, and it was 2 for 1 on Lao cocktails (with Lao wine) and
every one was delicious. With such great company, and such great food and
drink, we had a really lovely 'farewell' dinner before a beer and spliff at the
hotel before bed.