12 May 2012

Luang Prabang Market

You're pretty guaranteed to get some great shots at an Asian morning market, and Luang Prabang's is no exception. All those beautiful piles of vegies in the lovely soft early morning light - a photographer's dream really.

Just look at the quality of this produce, ladies:

Fresh and healthy. Well, excepting maybe the meat section maybe...

In Laos they say that if you can catch it you can eat it. Delicacies including snake, rat, mole, crickets, frogs and snails only just scratch the surface of what constitutes a meal in this unspoilt exotic country. Some of these I can stomach. Others do not sound quite so appealing.

This is the ingredient that surprised me the most on my wander around the market:

Yes, they were alive and wriggling. Do you know what they are? Perhaps this will help:

Now do you recognise them? Need another hint?

From what I've been told, they're eaten fried in oil as a snack with drinks. Kind of like Laos peanuts. If you still don't know what they are, let me show you just one more photo:

Yep. They're butterfly pupae.

Puts a whole new slant on butterflies in the stomach now, doesn't it? I think I'll just stick with the mixed nuts.


  1. Looks like you are having an amazing holiday! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  2. Wow! Love the pics, Jeanne! I feel as though I can almost hear the sounds and smell the smells of the market! xx

  3. Morning Jeanne. I have been enjoying meandering through your pictures and your highlights this morning - an education in itself. xo


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