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photoblog image A short visit to Laos #8

A short visit to Laos #8

We are in a bus on the road from Pakse to Sawannaket. The voyage takes 3 hours or so, and the trip is punctuated by frequent stops to pick up and set down passengers. The bus gets fairly over-crowded, but there are seats for everyone as plastic stools are brought down from the stack tied to the roof and placed in the aisle whenever required.

 

Whenever the bus stops, opportunistic food vendors leap aboard and try to sell wares in the few seconds available to them. In the main picture you can see one young gal, perhaps 14 years old, offering BBQ'd chicken eggs on bamboo skewers...and, below, her companion who looks about 10 years old.

 

Laos food vendor

 

 

A short visit to Laos #8

We are in a bus on the road from Pakse to Sawannaket. The voyage takes 3 hours or so, and the trip is punctuated by frequent stops to pick up and set down passengers. The bus gets fairly over-crowded, but there are seats for everyone as plastic stools are brought down from the stack tied to the roof and placed in the aisle whenever required.

 

Whenever the bus stops, opportunistic food vendors leap aboard and try to sell wares in the few seconds available to them. In the main picture you can see one young gal, perhaps 14 years old, offering BBQ'd chicken eggs on bamboo skewers...and, below, her companion who looks about 10 years old.

 

Laos food vendor

 

 

comments (15)

Barbeque chicken eggs, eh? Mmmm...
Ray: I am told they taste delicious, Larry, but I am a bit fussy about eggs.
The top portrait, especially, is very good...
The bus looks rather newish and comfy - even if crowded!
Ray: She was a quite striking character, in her big hat, Elizabeth.

The bus was about 25 years old, but well cared for...aircon sort of worked...
Opportunism has to start young, I'm sure, Ray, in your neck of the woods! But BBQ'd eggs on a stick????
Ray: The eggs are popular in this region, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 12 Jul 2017, 06:17
How do you barbecue an egg, Ray, without it bursting?
Ray: You boil it first, Lisl, then thread it on the skewer before giving it a burst over the charcoal.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 12 Jul 2017, 06:27
You have a similar theme to Chad today, travellers tempted (or not) by locally produced food
Ray: I did notice that link, Chris...traveling, too!
a similar practise can be seen in the rural parts of India too, Ray. the minor difference is that a lot of those busses are naturally ventilated (no sealed glasses) and transaction takes place with the vendors outside on the road.
Ray: Yes...I have had that experience several times, in India and Nepal, Ayush...sometimes the bus is not even stationary.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Jul 2017, 07:08
I love that hat.
Ray: This hat style is more common in Vietnam than other countries, Chad, but is seen also in Laos, Cambodia and even Thailand.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 12 Jul 2017, 07:15
Très beaux portraits. Les œufs en brochettes sont surprenants.
Ray: Merci Martine ... les gens du Laos sont souvent très attrayants. Ce style de casse-croûte est très populaire en Asie du Sud-Est.
Surprenante cette manière de proposer ces oeufs
Merci pour ces deux scènes de vies .
Merci Ray
Ray: Ce style d'oeufs est très populaire comme une collation dans SE Asie, Claudine. J'espère que vous appréciez mon court voyage au Laos.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jul 2017, 07:48
They have to be very quick. Where there many takers for the offerings? Good luck to the girls for their initiative.
Ray: The gals were moving their merchandise quite well, Alan, given the small window of opportunity.
I am not the only one to wonder how you BBQ an egg.....I hope they sold some
Ray: They were competent vendors, Bill.

To BBQ an egg on a skewer:

1. Prepare the charcoal embers
2. Boil eggs in the normal manner
3. Thread boiled eggs on the bamboo skewer
4. Place skewers over the charcoal embers for 5-10 minutes
5. Sell product.
You've presented two fine images ray but I wouldn't personally have taken a chance on the eggs, like you I am a but fussy about them.
Ray: I don't think food is quite as safe in Laos as in Thailand, Brian but I have never been sick in Laos and I do eat the street food there. I am fussy about eggs in all countries.
Ray: Good question, Mary, and here is the answer...She is wearing the sweater to protect herself from the unbearable cold of the aircon in the bus.

The other strange thing I have noticed is gals in this region tend to layer up to protect themselves from the heat! Don't ask me to explain that!
A tad different than a ride on the buses here, Ray.
Ray: It is an interesting experience to take a bus in Laos, Frank.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Jul 2017, 21:20
The eggs sounds quite nice, but I am afraid of the results when too many are consumed on the crowded bus.
Ray: It doesn't seem like the right snack food for travellers, Louis.

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