Following the steps of “Adrien the traveler”, we went to Luang Prabang in Laos a few weeks ago.
After a 2 days trip on the Mekong, from Chiang Khong in Thailand, we happily arrived in the charming town.
Within a few days, we had the opportunity to experience two types of breakfasts : the Laotian colonization breakfast and the one containing more Asian habits.
This is the 2nd type we will be talking about in this article.
Let’s add a bit of context in the description. It is 8 am. Luang Prabang inhabitants are up for a while already, like every day but also especially today : it is the boat racing day.
It happens every year, said our guest house owner.
Boat teams had been training for months. They gather about 40 people in each single long boat !!!
Next to the river, there was a lot of stalls, including some making food for breakfast. We ended up in one of them to try a spicy-hot Pho (flat rice noodle soup).
That was absolutely delicious.
Does anyone know how to make it?!!!
- 2nd day of the trip from Chiang Mai in Thailand to Luang Prabang, in Laos -
We got on the boat in the early morning, knowing that we were going for a 7 to 9 hours journey on the Mekong river. There, there was other boats, and in one of them, two people having breakfast :
Cruising down the Mekong is a unique moment, thanks to the landscape changing at every minute and to the rhythm of the stops at each tiny village, to pick up some people and let others go.
Here is the nice and cosy Luang Prabang airport, in Laos. We flew back to Bangkok from this tiny airport, which has a lot of charm.
-> The wooden check-in desk
-> The friendly security gate
It was 8 am. In the small plane, we had what I would call a typical “on the move breakfast”, from the previous experience in a train. Ham and cheese sandwiches, chocolate sponge cake (UK version, no taste of chocolate) and dragon fruit (the colorful pink and white crispy fruit, which consistency is a bit like kiwi).
-> The platter, with the infamous white bread sandwiches
A Pho at Luang Prabang.
Pho is a traditional breakfast, an habit shared among a few Asian countries. Laotian and Vietnamese for example eat this dish made of Pho noodles (flat thin rice noodles), beef and herbs in a beef froth, which is cooked for hours. Chicken versions also exist. On the side, you often have a selection of herbs, seasoning (and here bean sprouts) to arrange it at your taste.
The noodles, the restaurant and the dish share the same appellation : Pho. Simply.
If you want to eat this specific one, you can go to the peninsula of Luang Prabang. At the corner of the street, 50 meters away from the Wat Xieng Thong, you may find it !
(Breakfast experience by Adrien)