Day 21: Cooking Laos Style
Trip Start Dec 26, 2012
34Trip End Jan 29, 2013
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Our cooking class comprised of three German men and two Chilean girls. After intros we were given a cook book with multiple Laos recipes, some specific to Luang Prabang. We were each asked to pick one that the group would cook and eat that day. Me being the only vegetarian meant I was the only one who chose something I could eat, which was a bit of a bummer at first.
After we all chose our recipes, we piled into a tuk tuk and drove to phosy market where fresh vegetables, meats, herbs and spices are sold
We all headed back to the kitchen. First we learned how to make basic presentation decorations, which were making a rose out of tomato skins with leaves of cucumber- trust me, about as difficult as it sounds. Then we learned how to chop and prepare all of the ingredients we would need.
Once done we all put on our provided chef hats and aprons and headed to the kitchen to cook. Luckily for me, the staff had picked a bunch of vegetarian options that I could cook and eat while the others ate meat. It was really nice of them and made the experience much more enjoyable for me. We all took turns adding ingredients and cooking the recipes we picked. After each was done we all had tasting spoons out and ready to try bits of each dish. Once we were all done we sat down for a hearty lunch of all our cooking plus some fruit wines from the staff. It was delicious and I'm pretty sure both me and Marty almost exploded when we were done.
After the cooking class me and Marty went for a nap since I'm still not feeling well, then we headed to a bar across a rickety bamboo bridge. The bar which we already forget the name of, was filled with little bamboo huts with low tables and couches along the river. It also had a plethora of board games. Me and Marty had a flash from the past and played battle ship over cocktails.
Marty started to feel quite ill (we are wondering if the meat may not have been cooked properly at lunch because his stomach is so upset) so we headed back to the room. And trust me it wasn't the cocktails. I ended up grabbing dinner alone at the cheap pest restaurant which was super good while Marty watched Laos tv. Then we spent the rest of the night in.. Both of us slowly dying of illness. Looks like this trip is catching up to us finally.